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What is Local Law 84 and why do I have to comply?
Local Law 84 is a DOB regulation requiring buildings over 50,000 square feet (25,000 square feet as of 2018) to annually measure their energy and water consumption through a process called benchmarking. Building owners are required to enter their annual energy and water use in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) online tool, ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and use the tool to submit data to the City. Failure to comply results in quarterly violations of $500.00 until compliance is reached.
What is Local Law 87 and why do I have to comply?
Local Law 87 is a DOB regulation requiring buildings over 50,000 square feet to conduct an energy audit every ten years, determined by the last digit of the tax block (ex. If tax block is 0017, the building must comply in 2017, 2027, 2037…). The audit must be conducted by a third party, ASHRAE II certified team of engineers. Following an audit, building management must complete required retro-commissioning work, which ensures correct equipment installation and function, and submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) electronically by December 31. Failure to comply results in an initial fine of $3,000.00, and $5,000.00 in annual fines for every subsequent year until compliance is reached.
When do I need to reach compliance for LL84?
For Local Law 84 Benchmarking, management needs to comply annually (May 1).
When do I need to reach compliance for LL87?
For Local Law 87, management needs to comply once every ten years, depending on the number at the end of the tax block. For example, if the building tax block ends in the digit “8,” the property is required to comply in 2018, 2028, 2038, and so forth.
My building is brand new, do I need to file Local Law 87?
You must file Local Law 87 if
1. The building is over 50,000 square feet.
2. The last digit of the building tax block corresponds to the present year.
What makes Carleton Energy different from other compliance providers?
1. For Local Law 84 benchmarking, CEC will invoice management only after compliance has been confirmed by the DOB.
2. For Local Law 87, CEC has a written, contractual guarantee of compliance. If management incurs a violation as a result of our negligence, we will pay the full cost of the violation, as well as ensure that the building is in compliance going forward.
3.The DOB randomly audits 1 in 5 buildings within the ten year gaps between required compliance, and should your building be selected, CEC will handle this audit at no additional cost to management, whereas other firms often charge hourly for this service.
What happens if I do not file compliance on time?
For Local Law 84 violation fines are $500.00 and issued every four months until compliance is reached. However, these fines can be paid off at any time and do not affect compliance. For Local Law 87 if the first year compliance is not reached, a $3,000.00 fine is issued. For every year following, a $5,000.000 fine is issued until the property reaches compliance. Fines must be paid off in order to be in compliance.
Am I going to have to replace my boiler?
Each building is unique, and whether the list of retro-commissioning measures will include a boiler rehaul is dependent on the building itself. We will not be able to determine specific retro-commissioning measures required of a building until we conduct a walk-through, however, our goal is always to improve the condition of existing systems whenever possible rather than replace them.
Can I use my in-house staff to complete required retro commissioning measures?
Yes, CEC will provide management with a list of the required retro commissioning measures in order to reach compliance. Management has the option to choose CEC to handle this work for an additional fee, utilize in-house staff to handle this work, or hire a third party altogether to complete this work.
How does CEC guarantee compliance?
It is written into our contract that should building management incur a Local Law 87 violation due to our negligence, CEC will pay the full cost of the violation, as well as ensure that the building is in compliance going forward.
What is Heat Watch and why is it mentioned on the Carleton Energy Consulting site?
Our sister company, Heat Watch, is an end-to-end boiler monitoring system, and the first of its kind in NYC. At Carleton Energy Consulting, we strive not only to help our clients achieve compliance with DOB regulations, but to ultimately reduce their fuel consumption and save them money in the years to come. Heat Watch clients save on average 20% in fuel consumption, and at minimum save 15%. For more information about Heat Watch, please visit the website at
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