NYC Building Energy Grades

The NYC Building Energy Grades program is an initiative of the New York City Department of Buildings that assigns a letter grade (A-F) to buildings based on their energy performance. The grades are based on the building’s energy use data, which is collected and analyzed by the Department of Buildings. Buildings that receive an A grade are considered to be the most energy efficient, while buildings that receive a F grade are considered to be the least energy efficient. The program is designed to encourage building owners to improve their energy efficiency and reduce their energy costs.

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Local Law 33/95 (2018)

  • Requires certain buildings in New York City to benchmark their energy and water usage and disclose their results. This law applies to buildings that are greater than 25,000 square feet. Buildings are required to measure their energy and water usage, track their results over time in Energy Star Portfolio Manager, and disclose their results in an annual Energy Efficiency Report. The purpose of this law is to reduce energy and water consumption in buildings and to promote energy efficiency. The energy label will include both a letter grade and the building’s energy efficiency score. Energy Star energy efficiency scores will be assigned as follows:
    • A – score is equal to or greater than 85;
    • B – score is equal to or greater than 70 but less than 85;
    • C – score is equal to or greater than 55 but less than 70;
    • D – score is less than 55;
    • F – for buildings that didn’t submit required benchmarking information;
    • N – for buildings exempted from benchmarking or not covered by the Energy Star program.