The City of New York Local Law 87: Energy Audits and Retro-Commissioning
As part of New York City’s Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, Local Law 87 requires buildings greater than 50,000 square feet to undergo periodic energy audit and retro-commissioning measures. Through these measures, building owners receive robust information about a building's energy and water consumption, which then allows them to take corrective action. As building owners ensure building equipment has been installed properly and is performing as it was designed, the overall inventory of buildings becomes more efficient and high-performing over time.
Mastery of the Local Law 87 Process
NORESCO has provided energy audits and retro-commissioning services in compliance with Local Law 87 requirements on more than 120 private and city-owned buildings, totaling more than 20 million square feet. Our engineers have successfully completed projects with clients including Cushman & Wakefield and SL Green Realty, to name a few. Our New York City presence keeps us well-positioned to advise the owners of urban buildings as local laws and building requirements evolve.
Not sure if your building is required to comply? Visit the New York City Department of Buildings' website for more information.
Early Involvement with Local Law 87
NORESCO has played an integral role in the development and implementation of Local Law 87 since the law's inception. As participants at the Mayor's Office of Sustainability Round Table on Local Law 87, NORESCO engineers provided ideas, technical guidance, and feedback on the contents of the local ordinance.
Through later work with client organizations, such as the New York City Department of Design and Construction, NORESCO piloted the Local Law 87 process in 2009, providing compliance audits and retro-commissioning on three city-owned buildings. Upon completing the project, NORESCO provided critical feedback to key stakeholders, later used to improve the process and rules that made up the final ordinance.
Incentives and Energy Project Reimbursement
Applying for and securing funding for energy conservation improvements are often crucial to the success of our clients' projects. As a result of our experience, we are able to uncover potential sources of funds.
In New York City, funding is regularly accomplished through the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's (NYSERDA) FlexTech Program which reimburses building owners for a wide range of studies focused on reducing energy consumption and costs.