In an effort to curb the city’s greenhouse gas emissions, New York City has passed several energy initiatives including those that require Building Benchmarking and Energy Audits:
Int. No. 476-A: legislation requiring the energy and water benchmarking of all private buildings greater than 50,000 square feet or public buildings greater than 10,000 square feet using the Energy Star Portfolio Manager every year.
Int. No. 973-A: legislation requiring existing buildings over 50,000 square feet to undergo an energy audit and undertake retro-commissioning measures (e.g., properly calibrating heating and cooling systems, cleaning and repairing ventilation systems) once every ten years. City buildings will also perform any building retrofits (capital improvements) that pay for themselves within 7 years.
Partner Energy Can Help You Become Compliant
Our team of experienced Professional Engineers (PEs), Certified Energy Managers (CEMs), LEED APs, building science specialists and project managers can help you comply with New York City’s energy legislation by offering the following services:
Benchmarking Services and Reports
Benchmarking is the process of measuring and comparing your energy and water consumption to other buildings of like use. It is the first step to understanding and reducing your energy consumption and carbon footprint. Partner Energy can benchmark your building and help you determine achievable and cost-effective energy and greenhouse gas reduction goals. Partner Energy is an Energy Star partner and uses the Energy Star Portfolio Manager to benchmark and set energy and cost reduction goals for your building.
Energy Audit and Retro-Commissioning Reports
Energy Audits and Retro-Commissioning identify energy efficiency measures and projects that will help you reach your target energy reduction goals in a cost effective manner and meet your capital investment return criteria. Partner Energy engineers will conduct an on-site field visit to evaluate various building systems and present the following for each energy efficiency measure recommended:
- Scope of Work
- Estimated Installation Cost
- Estimated Energy and Operating savings
- Available Rebates and Incentives
- Simple Payback Period
- Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction
Financial Incentive Applications
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA)’s Technical Assistance Program will contribute up to 50% of the eligible cost study based on an approved energy audit scope of work. Partner Energy will work with you to identify and apply for rebates and incentives that will reduce the cost of the energy audit and project implementation.