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NYC Building Owners Can Get a Free Local Law 97 Fine Analysis

NYC Building Owners Can Get a Free Local Law 97 Fine Analysis

Will Your Building Face Fines From Local Law 97?

BlocPower is offering NYC building owners free Local Law 97 fine assessments

Need a refresher on Local Law 97? The New York City Council passed the Climate Mobilization Act back in 2019, which aims to help the city reach carbon neutrality by 2050. The law includes a suite of measures targeting buildings, which account for 70 percent of the city’ s greenhouse gas emissions. Starting in 2024, the Local Law 97 imposes increasingly strict emission limits on all buildings above 25,000 square feet, with penalties for noncompliance. Investments in energy efficiency retrofits and building electrification are often the most cost effective means of achieving compliance.

The first step is knowing where your building stands. At no cost or obligation to you, BlocPower will conduct a Local Law 97 analysis based on your building's energy usage.

If your building is at risk of Local Law 97 fines, click here to begin your free energy assessment.

Which Buildings are Impacted by Local Law 97?

Local Law 97 covers roughly 50,000 commercial and residential buildings citywide. That's 60% of the total building stock in New York City. So if you own a building in the city, chances are you must comply with Local Law 97. In general, the following buildings may face fines under LL97 without reducing their greenhouse gas emission intensity: 

  • Buildings larger than 25,000 gross square feet
  • Two plus buildings on the same tax lot that with combined square footage exceeding 50,000 square feet
  • Two plus buildings owned by a condo association and governed by the same board of managers combined square footage exceeding 50,000 square feet
60% of NYC's Building Stock Will be Impacted by Local Law 97

How Big Are Local Law 97 Fines, and How Are They Calculated?

Buildings that do not comply with the law will face fines on an annual basis of $268 per ton of emissions above the limit. For larger buildings and the most inefficient and polluting buildings (those receiving D's and F's on their Local Law 95 Energy Grade), this can result in multimillion-dollar penalties.

Unfortunately for building owners who aren't experts in energy analysis, many factors go into calculating the greenhouse emission limit per building. These factors include occupancy levels, building usage classifications as well as gross floor area. The limits themselves however are not based on the amount of greenhouse gas emissions, but rather the intensity. Local Law 97 specifies tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent (tCO²e) per square foot as its measurement of energy use intensity.

The limits (and fines) go into effect over separate time frames set under Local Law 97, with the first period running from 2024-2029. Roughly 1 in 5 buildings are forecast to face fines in the initial time window, assuming no improvements to current building energy performance.  In 2030 however, emissions limits become significantly stricter, with caps at approximately half the levels set for 2024-2029. If these limits went into effect today, 75% of buildings would fail and face potentially steep fines.

How Can You Prepare Your Building for Local Law 97?

Once you have your free Local Law 97 assessment (start by telling us about your building here), it is time to develop an action plan. BlocPower experts can help building owners understand the key drivers behind their greenhouse gas emissions intensity and specific upgrades designed to improve Local Law 97 compliance. In many cases, the path to reduced fines is also the path to improved comfort, lower energy bills and higher ROI for building owners. A common winning partnership for building owners looking to address Local Law 97 and improve the performance of their heating and cooling system is to combine insulation upgrades with electric heat pump systems that can heat air and water—plus provide cooling.

Heat Pumps are the Secret Weapon to Fight Local Law 97

BOILERS HEAT. AIR CONDITIONERS COOL. HEAT PUMPS DO BOTH!

ENERGY STAR Heat Pump units on the roof a Brooklyn multifamily building.

We install ENERGY STAR rated heat pumps, specifically designed for cold climates and powered by electricity. If your building burns heating oil or natural gas for space and water heating, heat pumps will significantly lower your emissions and potential Local Law 97 fines. But that's not all. Additional benefits include:

  • Precise, room by room temperature control
  • Built-in air filtration system
  • Heating & cooling with 2-5x the efficiency of furnaces, boilers or window A/Cs
  • Easy maintenance with no single point of failure

Whether your building is facing steep LL97 fines or has an aging and troublesome heating system, market conditions including rising oil and gas prices and significant but temporary incentives make it valuable to act now.

Get started with a COMPLETELY FREE, NO OBLIGATION energy assessment.

BlocPower can help your building know where it stands on Local Law 97 and put an action plan in place.

Our Process:

  1. ENERGY CONSULTANT
    Begin with a free energy assessment to know where your building stands, including potential LL97 fines.
  2. ENGINEERING
    BlocPower engineers bring decades of expertise to design the optimal solution for your building’s unique needs.
  3. CONSTRUCTION
    Trust our vetted, job-tested, proven construction crews to get your project done right and on schedule.
  4. PARTNER FOR LIFE
    Remote monitoring and ongoing maintenance for heat pump systems come standard, giving you one less thing to worry about.