NYC Energy Consumption Report

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Fri, 2018-04-20 13:33
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Over the course of the last few years, New York City has systematically sought to reduce greenhouse gas emissions under the comprehensive sustainability plan, PlaNYC. By 2030, the city seeks to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by nearly 30 percent in comparison to 2005 levels. The fundamental reasoning for the plan is threefold. First, 75 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the city come from building energy use. Second, nearly half of the emitted greenhouse gases come from the city’s largest buildings, thereby constituting the city’s largest conservation efforts. Third, over 85 percent of buildings that will exist in 2030 are already built, underlining the necessity of curbing energy usage for already established buildings.

Under the guidance of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the city is attempting to measure energy usage in the hopes of enticing property owners to make their buildings more energy efficient. According to the 2009 Local Law (84), privately-owned buildings over 50,000 square feet or multiple buildings with over 100,000 square feet combined are required to report their energy and water use.

“Buildings account for 75 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions in New York City, yet many property owners and managers do not know they be a part of the solution and save money by making their buildings more energy efficient,” said Mayor Bloomberg.

Last week, the first benchmarking report was released, featuring an analysis on energy and water usage among NYC’s largest building over a one year period. Using the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager Tool, the report was able to document energy usage for nearly 1.8 billion square feet of property. The report indicated that building energy use varied significantly, when factoring in property types, uses, and locations. For example, when analyzing buildings with similar uses, the report determined that some properties used three to five times more energy per square foot. Even more interesting is that newer office buildings in New York City were found to use more energy per square foot than older buildings.

“Improving the energy performance of our nation’s buildings is good for our environment, our health and our future,” said Jean Lupinacci, of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR program. “ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager(TM) has become the tool of choice for owners and operators looking to assess the performance of their buildings, and by leveraging its power New York City can now plot out an energy strategy for the road ahead.”

“This report is a part of our major green buildings package and will lead to energy efficiencies in all our neighborhoods. In the long run this will not only make our city greener, but will also lead to significant cost savings for New Yorkers,” said Council Member Melissa Mark Viverito. “I want to thank the Mayor and the Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability for working on this issue.”

Ultimately, the report will significantly aid local officials in understanding NYC’s 2011 municipal buildings energy usage as well as providing guidance for energy retrofit projects that are cost-effective. The effort to reduce building energy consumption is not only a priority for New York City, but also for numerous cities across the U.S. and around the world. To provide more insight into building energy consumption, first there must be qualified professionals to conduct energy audits. Everblue’s Professional Energy Manager Training is a 40-hour course that provides the essential tools to become a commercial or multifamily building energy manager. Our training can help individuals contribute to energy saving goals, such as the one demonstrated by New York City officials. To learn more about our program, please visit our Commercial Building Energy Auditor page or call us at 877-753-0853.

By Peter J. Bock

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