December 19, 2017
New York City’s city council has approved a bill that will require buildings to publicly display the energy use at their property in the form of a letter grade. Similar to health inspection grades, the energy efficiency grade will be from A-F and will need to be prominently displayed at the building entrance.
To read the full press release from the city council, click here.
The grades will come from EnergyStar’s Portfolio Manager via data that is self-submitted every year by each building for Local Law 84, the city’s energy benchmarking requirement.
This bill makes New York City the first City in the U.S. to require public display of energy grades, although a few places in Europe have already enacted similar legislation. It is seen as a win for energy efficiency, and the hope is that this bill will help push the needle on the city’s goal for 80% greenhouse gas reduction by 2050.