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Local Law 97 (GHG Emissions Cap)

Local Law 97 (GHG Emissions Cap)

Local Law 97 applies to all buildings in NYC over 25,000 square feet. This provides a straightforward limit on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions a building can have. The emission limits are pre-determined based on a building’s size and class.

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 LL97. The law mandates that buildings with high GHG Emissions implement energy savings measures to reduce their 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 the 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 the steam system, and LED upgrades. Incentives for these upgrades are available through ConEdison/NYSERDA and our team can assist with these incentives if desired.

Furthermore, our team will be inspecting for 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 a covered a building shall ensure that the following energy conservation measures have been implemented where applicable:

  1. Adjusting temperature setpoints 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

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