New York City Local Law 84 went into effect August 1, 2011. All New York City buildings over 50,000 square feet, or buildings on the same lot or condo board totaling 100,000 square feet, were required to submit their first energy benchmark reports by this date or face penalties of $500/quarter.  Benchmarking reports are due annually on May 1st. Still not sure if your building must benchmark? See the City’s list of buildings (PDF) that must comply with Local Law 84.

A component of New York City’s Greener Greater Buildings Plan, the benchmarking requirement (Local Law 84) (PDF) is the first in a series of laws pertaining to energy use in large buildings. Beginning in 2013, the buildings must undergo a mandatory energy audit and retro-commissioning process every ten years.

Let us help. EIS benchmarking reports not only satisfy City requirements, but also provide your building with meaningful information about its energy use.  Our customized reports use several metrics to make understanding your building’s energy use easy and intuitive.

We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about what the laws mean for your building or portfolio.  Contact us for benchmarking pricing information at 212-966-6641 or

What is the process?

1. Give us a call.  We need to get some initial information about your building.

2. Let us work for you.  Give EIS permission to access your energy bills, and we will contact Con Ed, National Grid or other energy providers directly to obtain consumption data.

3. Understand your results.  Benchmarking information is entered into an online EnergyStar form.  EIS goes a step beyond data entry to translate your benchmark into a practical analysis of your building’s energy use.  Our customized report can set your building on a path to energy savings.

4. Get ahead! Buildings that complete their energy audit by 2013 can skip their next one.  EIS can provide complete compliance with the laws, from benchmarking to energy auditing and retro-commissioning.

Don’t wait.   Benchmarking can take up to one month, and reports must be submitted by May 1 each year. The Urban Green Council has prepared a summary of the City’s local energy laws which provides details about energy auditing and retro-commissioning as well as benchmarking.