Local Law 84 FAQs

What is Local Law 84?

Local Law 84 is a new energy law often referred to as the energy benchmarking law. It requires property managers and owners of all New York City buildings over 50,000 square feet to report the building’s energy usage to the City on an annual basis.

What is energy benchmarking?

Energy Benchmarking is the process of tracking a building’s energy usage for the purpose of making comparisons. These comparisons could be internal, such as tracking a building’s energy performance in one year versus a previous year. It could also be external such as comparing a building’s energy performance to that of similar buildings.

What are the penalties for not complying with Local Law 84?

Buildings will receive a violation with fines up to $500 per quarter. Fines will continue to accrue until an energy benchmarking report is submitted.

How do I cure Local Law 84 violations?

The only way to cure Local Law 84 violations is to pay the associated fine and begin reporting your energy usage to the City by the required deadline (May 1 of each year).

How long has Local Law 84 been in effect?

The law was passed in 2009, and it went into effect on May 1, 2010.

Can I do Local Law 84 benchmarking in house?

We liken it to doing your taxes in house. There are resources out there which can teach you how to do it. If you you are willing to spend the time to learn the process, to stay on top of yearly changes to the process, and to actually do the work, then you can do it in house.

Many owners and managers have chosen to utilize Redocs instead. Redocs currently handles the Local Law 84 benchmarking compliance for nearly 1000 buildings each year. In addition to having someone to handle the tedious compliance work, our clients enjoy the added benefit of having a full service energy manager in their corner for no additional cost. We are constantly monitoring and analyzing our client’s energy usage so that we can provide them with knowledge, ideas, and opportunities.