The Ultimate Resource Guide to Local Law 84 Compliance

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Editor's Note:  Please see our Local Law 84 compliance guide. It's kept up-to-date for deadlines, fines and requirements.  And best of all, we show you how quick and painless it is to comply with LL84 using WegoWise!


Spring is almost here, which means that the May 1 deadline for compliance submissions for NYC’s Local Law 84 (LL84) is just around the corner. We’ve been helping clients comply with the law for the last three years and offer an LL84 compliance service for multifamily property owners with our partner Steven Winter Associates. We get many questions about how to comply with the law, so we created the ultimate LL84 resource guide to help make the compliance process a little easier for you. 

Q: First things first. What is Local Law 84?

A: New York City's Local Law 84, part of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP), mandates that owners of large NYC buildings report their property's annual energy usage to the city's Department of Finance. The law applies to buildings that are:

For more information, go to the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan

Q: How do I know if I have to comply this year?

A: You can determine if your building needs to benchmarked by checking the Covered Building List.

Q: Do I need to collect data for non-residential tenants?

A: No. As of January 2014, building owners are no longer required to send out data collection request forms to non-residential tenants. Instead, they should request aggregated data directly from ConEd and National Grid. Learn more here

Q: How can I get utility data for my whole building?

A: ConEd: provides aggregated consumption data for $102.50/building. You can only submit request applications by uploading it to the Con Ed Project Center after receiving an invoice of receipt of the Letter of Authorization.

National Grid: Download the National Grid request for aggregated energy data. National Grid requires building owners to obtain authorization from their tenants to release historical gas data. Download the Authorization Form, available as a template that building owners must sign and submit with the data.

Q: Do I need to submit my water usage data, as well?

A: Only buildings with Automatic Meter Readers (AMRs) installed for the entirety of 2013 will be required to benchmark their water consumption. Check the Covered Building List to see if your building needs to submit. If you do have to report your water usage, check out this step-by-step guide on how to automatically benchmark water consumption data. 

Q: What is Portfolio Manager? How do I use it?

A: Portfolio Manager is the EPA's free online benchmarking tracking tool, and is used to process LL84 compliance submissions. The city is offering a series of guides and classes to help owners obey, and has also allowed third parties to export building data to Portfolio Manager, so they can avoid manually entering data.

  1. Benchmarking Starter Kit – Info for getting started
  2. Portfolio Manager Overview – Info about the tool and its features in more detail 
  3. Live and Self-Guided Training – Live web conference schedule, animated tutorials 

Q: What are BIN/BBL numbers and where can I find mine?

A: You must report your building's Building Identification Number (BIN) in the "Unique Building Identifier" field in Portfolio Manager, right below the "Notes" field, where you put the Borough, Block and Lot (BBL) number. If you are benchmarking multiple buildings on one tax lot as one, you must include each building's BIN separated by a semi-colon (no spaces). You can look up your BIN/BBL here

Q: How do I submit my results to the city?

A: Step-by-step instructions on how to submit your benchmarking results to the city.

Q: Other questions?

  1. Here are all of the online, telephone, and training resources to answer any additional LL84-related questions you might have.
  2. This very useful LL84 checklist, created by the Urban Green Council, will help keep you on track during the compliance process. 
  3. Keep up-to-date with LL84 announcements and advisories by subscribing to the GGBP digest mailing list
Do you own buildings in NYC over 50,000 SqFt? SWA and WegoWise are offering a full package compliance service for just $299/building.