Local Law Compliance

NYC has passed several local laws to significantly improve building efficiency and cut carbon emissions from buildings.  The goal is to improve the quality of life and health of our communities. These laws require building owners to measure, report on, and reduce their building’s energy use and carbon emissions.  

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New York Local Laws Include:

Local Law 87 (2009) requires all buildings in New York City that are greater than 25,000 square feet to complete an energy audit and retro-commissioning every 10 years. This law applies to all types of buildings, including residential, commercial, and industrial. The purpose of this law is to reduce energy consumption in buildings by identifying and addressing energy efficiency opportunities. During an energy audit, an energy auditor will inspect the building’s mechanical systems, insulation levels, and other energy related components and will provide recommendations on ways to improve the building’s energy efficiency.

Local Law 95 (2019): Establishes energy and water efficiency standards for existing buildings

Local Law 88 (2009): Establishes lighting upgrade requirements to meet current NYCECC standards and the installation of sub-meters

Local Law 85 (2020): Established Energy Conservation Code requiring building designs to comply with NYCECC for any renovation or alteration project

Local Law 84 (2009): Established the NYC Energy and Water Benchmarking Law for all buildings over 25,000 square feet

Local Laws 92 and 94 (2019): requires all new buildings and buildings undergoing major roof renovations to be covered with solar panels, a green roof, or some combination of the two.

Local Law 154 (2021): All-Electric Buildings Law phases out the usage of fossil fuels in new buildings for heating and service hot water.

Local Law 126 (2021): NYC Periodic Inspection of Parking Structures (PIPS).

Local Law 152 (2016):  NYC Periodic Inspection of Gas Piping Systems Required.

Local Law 11 (1998): NYC Periodic Inspection of exterior walls and appurtenances of buildings greater than six stories.