Also known as the Facade Inspection & Safety Program (FISP), this law addresses the condition of buildings’ exterior walls. Every five years, facades of all NYC buildings over six stories must be examined by a Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI), and a report filed with the DOB. SUPERSTRUCTURES has been performing mandated exterior wall inspections for many of NYC’s most prominent buildings since the inception of the law in 1980. Local Law 11 comprises a section of the NYC Administrative Code (1 RCNY 103-04) fleshed out in a rule promulgated by the DOB.
This law mandates periodic assessment of all parking structures within the five boroughs of New York City every six years to ensure they’re maintained in a safe condition. Parking structures must be examined by a Qualified Parking Structure Inspector (QPSI), and a report filed with the DOB. Local Law 126 comprises a section of the NYC Administrative Code (1 RCNY 103-13) explained in a rule promulgated by the DOB.
New York Local Law 87 (LL87) mandates energy audits and retro-commissioning for buildings over 50,000 square feet in New York City to be conducted once every ten years.
As a building owner, the key elements of LL87 to be aware of are:
Energy Audit: An energy audit will identify energy-saving opportunities in your building, including lighting, heating, cooling, and ventilation systems.
Retro-commissioning: Retro-commissioning involves optimizing your building's existing systems to improve their performance and reduce energy waste.
Energy Efficiency Report: You must submit an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) to the Department of Buildings (DOB) by the deadline provided by the DOB. This report must include the results of the energy audit and retro-commissioning study.
LL87, LL97 and LL84 are all part of New York City's efforts to improve the energy efficiency of buildings and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. However, they differ in terms of their specific requirements and goals.
Here are the key differences between LL87, LL97, and LL84:
LL87: Requires buildings over 50,000 square feet to undergo an energy audit and retro-commissioning study once every ten years.
LL84: Requires owners of buildings larger than 50,000 square feet (or with multiple buildings on the same tax lot that collectively exceed 100,000 square feet) to annually benchmark and report their energy usage to the city.
LL97: Requires buildings over 25,000 square feet to meet increasingly stringent greenhouse gas emissions limits starting in 2024.