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NYC Local Law 97 of 2019 (Bill 1253) Carbon Reduction for New York City
Building energy and emissions performance – a requirement to retrofit for existing buildings.

In April of 2019, The NYC Urben Green Council passed one of the most ambitious and innovative legislative packages ever considered by any major city to combat the increasing threat of climate change, which focuses on reducing and eliminating carbon and Green House Gas emissions.

Our team is trained to identify measures related to excessive energy loss, equipment functionality, and safety concerns that can ultimately increase your bottom line and save on high fuel bills.

Furthermore, these types of energy efficiency upgrades will help you comply with the recently adopted Local Law 97. This law mandates that buildings with high GHG Emissions implement energy savings measures to reduce their energy usage. This is a highly aggressive energy savings law like no other seen before, and it has strict requirements for buildings to retrofit their existing equipment in order to scale back on energy use.

“New York City’s building emissions law, Local Law 97 of 2019, is arguably the largest disruption of the NYC real estate industry. In order to meet the challenges ahead, we must do retrofits differently, and at scale. New technologies and new business models will be needed, and labor and professional services must significantly ramp up.”

“The new law places buildings on path to meet the city’s goal to reduce overall carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050. Buildings represent nearly 70 percent of those emissions.”

“Our research found that retrofitting steam systems in New York City buildings larger than 5,000 square feet would cut that sector’s carbon emissions by 26 percent.”

Common upgrade options for increased energy efficiency include upgrading to TRV’s for steam system, and LED upgrades. Incentives for these upgrades are available through ConEdison/NYSERDA and our firm can assist with these incentives if desired.

Lastly, our team of engineers are experts in identifying the below-mentioned items, which were taken directly for the LL97 Law.

§ 28-321.2.2 Prescriptive energy conservation measures.By December 31, 2024, the owner of acovered building shall ensure that the following energy conservation measures have been implemented where applicable:

1. Adjusting temperature set points for heat and hot water to reflect appropriate space occupancy and facility requirements

2. Repairing all heating system leaks

3. Maintaining the heating system, including but not limited to ensuring that system component parts are clean and in good operating condition

4. Installing individual temperature controls or insulated radiator enclosures with temperature controls on all radiators

5. Insulating all pipes for heating and/or hot water

6. Insulating the steam system condensate tank or water tank

7. Installing indoor and outdoor heating system sensors and boiler controls to allow for proper set-points

8. Replacing or repairing all steam traps such that all are in working order

9. Installing or upgrading steam system master venting at the ends of mains, large horizontal pipes, and tops of risers, vertical pipes branching off a main

10. Upgrading lighting to comply with the standards for new systems set forth in section 805 of the New York city energy conservation code and/or applicable standards referenced in such energy code on or prior to December 31, 2024. This provision is subject to exception1 in section 28-310.3, provided that July 1, 2010 is replaced by January 1, 2020 for the purposes of this section

11. Weatherizing and air sealing where appropriate, including windows and ductwork, with focus on whole-building insulation

12. Installing timers on exhaust fans

When conducting an LL97 audit, our final deliverables include a list of ECM Measures (related to methods for increased energy efficiency for short-term and long-term payback options) and RCx Measures (related to excessive energy loss, safety concerns, and functionality of equipment) being delivered to the client. Yadav Solutions, Inc. will also be happy to discuss these measures further with the client to elaborate on their recommendations, implementation options, and potential rebate savings.

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