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Recent NYC Legislation

Posted September 15, 2011 | By :Victor Hayghe | Categories : Energy Solutions

New York City has enacted legislation requiring that all buildings over 50,000 SF benchmark their energy use and water consumption, if separately water-metered. The first benchmark report is due May 1, 2011, and then the results must be updated annually thereafter.

Of importance to owners, the building’s benchmarking score is to become public information.

What information is required?

New York City has mandated that the EPA’s online Portfolio Manager Tool be used for this process. Essentially, each building must submit the following data:

  • Number of occupants;
  • Hours of operation;
  • Number of computers;
  • Use and SFG of space allocation; and
  • 12-months of utility (electric, gas, steam and water) and heating oil consumption.

For the initial filing, all utility and oil consumption data must be for the calendar year 2010.

What ECSS will do for you . . .?

We will conduct an interview with the building’s facility manager to review procedures and to assist in the collection of required data. We will then collate, organize, and upload the data into Portfolio Manager. We will input necessary information to account for multi-tenant, separately metered tenants, and various building uses, if needed. We will obtain the resulting Portfolio Manager National Energy Star Performance Rating results for the building, explain the rating to the client, and file all necessary documents to satisfy NYC’s requirements,
Your data is your data. All building owner Portfolio Manager Account information will be provided to ownership. Depending upon your requirements, ECSS will either upload the data directly to Portfolio Manager or to an online “dashboard” program of your choosing.
Once the data is uploaded, you will benefit by:

  • Satisfying NYC’s requirements and avoid penalties;
  • Establish a baseline of energy consumption;
  • Establish a baseline to compare the benefits of future implemented energy conservation measures;
  • Obtain a graphical breakdown of energy source use. Energy use allocation flags sectors that may have potential for energy use reduction; and
  • Determine the building’s basic carbon footprints.