Dear Building Owner,

Under Local Law 97, beginning in January 2024, your building’s excessive greenhouse gas emissions may cost you money. In order to comply, building owners may need to tune-up their HVAC systems, replace outdated, inefficient equipment or systems, or convert boilers from No 4 fuel oil to 2B10 using existing equipment.

Falcon is pleased to inform you of the services to help you comply with Local Law 97 and other important energy legislation, while simultaneously helping you reduce your operating costs, improve comfort, and increase system reliability.

Learn more about the local laws and how Falcon can help below:

Local Law 84- Benchmarking:

NYC Local Law 84 of 2009 (LL84) mandates buildings over 50,000 square feet or groups of buildings on a single lot larger than 100,000 square feet to comply with annual energy benchmark reporting. As part of the New York City Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, the law brings transparency for Energy and Water Usage and informs building owners and tenants on how to make their buildings more efficient. This applies to all covered buildings within the five Boroughs. The due date for this filing with the NYCDOB is May 1st. There is a penalty of $500 for missing the deadline, which increases every three months if no benchmarking report has been submitted.

Falcon can assist with energy benchmarking! It is a process of measuring, tracking, and reporting buildings’ energy and water consumption using a benchmarking tool. Local Law 84 compliance requires building owners to use ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager. This tool calculates an ENERGY STAR score as well as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions based on a building’s information and utility data. The ENERGY STAR score will be used to define the building’s Energy Efficiency Rating, or Energy Grade.

Falcon can improve your building’s Energy Score by conducting an energy audit and implementing low cost and no-cost measures. 

Local Law 87 - Energy Audits and Retro Commissioning:

Local Law 87 of 2009 requires owners of applicable, mixed-use and residential buildings to submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) every ten years. Buildings that must file an EER in Calendar Year 2023 must have their reports filed by close of business on December 31, 2023. Calculating the Deadline, A building’s report deadline is determined by the calendar year coinciding with the last digit of the property’s tax block number.

Failure to submit an EER is a Major (Class 2) violation which may result in a penalty of $3000 in the first year and $5000 for each additional year until the EER is submitted to the department. The Department will not accept any outstanding EER submission if outstanding penalties are not paid in full.

Falcon is able to perform the energy audit, generate the required reports, and assist in the submission of those documents to the City.

Local Law 97 - Decarbonization- Learn about NYSERDA FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES:

NYC desires that its largest buildings achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 and Local Law 97 is the policy designed to meet its rigorous goal. It requires building owners to meet annual carbon emissions requirements with increasingly stricter limits every few years.

If your building is over 25,000 square feet, you will be responsible for reporting your property's annual greenhouse gas emissions every May. The first submission is due May 1, 2025, for building emissions in the year 2024. If your building exceeds the emissions limit, you will be subject to fines. It’s important to note that while there are some upfront costs to save energy, in the long run, these changes will save you money in operational costs and help preserve the environment.

LL97 has fines in three violation categories: #1: Failure to file a report — $0.50 per building square foot, per month. #2: Exceeding your emissions limit — $268 for each metric ton over the building’s established limit. #3: Providing false statements — $500,000.

Falcon can assist you in identifying and implementing emissions reduction opportunities and submitting Local Law 97 compliance documents to the City. Depending on the building’s current emissions, the scope of work may range from a building tune up to a multi-year phased renovation plan.

Energy Audits:

Level 1, 2, and 3 Audits.

The scope of these audits is to assess base buildings systems, which includes building envelopes, lighting (interior and exterior) HVAC (cooling, heating, air distribution, ventilation and exhaust systems), building automation systems, domestic water systems and pumps, steam systems, refrigeration systems, onsite power generation, uninterruptible power supplies, data centers and IT infrastructure, conveyance systems (i.e. elevators, escalators), plug loads, laundries, food preparation, pools, saunas and spas, weatherization, steam and water leaks, solar PV, electrification and fossil fuel phase out.

The Falcon Group welcomes Mr. Ken Mahadeo, CFM, FMA, RPA, CEM, CBCP, CEA - Executive Vice President -MEP and Energy Management to our New York City team!

Mr. Ken Mahadeo is the Executive Vice President of the Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing (MEP) and Energy Management Division in our New York City office within The Falcon Group. He brings to the team over twenty-five plus years of successful experience within Industrial, Institutional and Commercial facilities construction, engineering, maintenance, repair, and operations, managing capital improvement projects, architectural and engineering services, green infrastructure projects, building systems commissioning – mechanical, electrical, plumbing and building envelopes, vertical transportation systems, managing building related emergencies, maintenance contracts, regulatory compliance, standards and specifications review, managing workforce development and training for project managers, skilled trades and operations staff. He provides strategic leadership, guidance and training for maintenance, repair, construction, operations and energy management initiatives.