Long Island City, New York May 25, 2011 -
Jay-E Emmingham is a Senior Energy $mart Communities Coordinator at the Pratt Center for Community Development. She specializes in helping companies understand benchmarking, and comply with the new NYC requirements.
In 2006, the Bloomberg administration passed a law mandating a reduction in carbon emissions by 30% by 2030. In an effort to reach the city’s carbon emissions reduction goal, Mayor Bloomberg signed Local Law 84 that requires buildings over 50,000 square feet in NYC to be "benchmarked" by August 1, 2011. If a building owner does not have their building benchmarked, he or she will be fined $500 per quarter.
"Basically, benchmarking is a step before doing the energy audit,” explains Emmingham. An engineer will come to your building and collect all of the energy bills for the past 12 months, and collect information about the square footage of the building. The information is then entered into a database.
Emmingham says that "NYSERDA, (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority) will pay $7,000 for commercial building benchmarking, and $3,000 for multifamily building benchmarking."
Once the information is collected, the city will be able to compare each building with other similar buildings in the USA. Each location will have a score from 0 to 100 and will be ranked accordingly. A score above 60 points is desirable. A low score indicates that a building owner is wasting energy. Benchmarking is a good first step towards helping buildings owners increase energy efficiency in their buildings.
OurLIC interviewed Jay-E Emmingham, who describes benchmarking, the energy audit process, Local Law 84, and fines and deadlines associated with the new law. The video conversation appears with this article.
Jay-E Emmingham estimates that four out of five building owners do not know about benchmarking. However, NYSERDA has a plan to help building owners come into compliance with these new requirements.
For help or information, please contact:
Senior Energy $mart Communities Coordinator
Pratt Center for Community Development