New York City enacts energy benchmark law

In New York City, all buildings over 50,000 sq ft must benchmark energy usage with the Energy Star Portfolio Manager.

03/07/2011


Roughly 75% of greenhouse gas emissions in New York City come from its buildings. In an effort to reduce the city's carbon footprint, a new benchmarking law has taken effect that requires many building owners to record energy and water use.

"By May 1, all buildings over 50,000 sq ft will have to have their energy use measured, calculated and uploaded to a portfolio manager system," says President Margaret O’Donoghue Castillo of the New York chapter of the American Institute of Architects. "In this program, you can see how the building compares to other buildings that are the same size and have the same climate conditions."

The American Institute of Architects has worked with the city to develop the law. Owners will have to understand how much energy and water they are using and will hopefully help them find ways to cut back.

These days, the latest green technology is often found in new construction. At the Visionare in Battery Park City, for example, there is a system in place that tracks usage and creates an energy profile.

Michael Gubbins, the director of residential management for the Albanese Organization, says this new benchmarking process is also helping the group get a handle on its older buildings, so it can work to retrofit those properties.

Some experts say this benchmarking rule will be a game changer for the real estate market. Once this information becomes public record, buyers and renters can easily see a building energy usage and operating costs, and it could influence its demand.

Right now, the biggest challenge for this new law is educating owners and employees on how to record and load the data into an online portfolio management program. There are seminars and other resources available to help owners through the process.

Energy Star Portfolio Manager

Urban Green Council

- Edited by Gust Gianos, Consulting-Specifying Engineer, www.csemag.com



No comments
The Top Plant program honors outstanding manufacturing facilities in North America. View the 2015 Top Plant.
The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Strategic outsourcing delivers efficiency; Sleeve bearing clearance; Causes of water hammer; Improve air quality; Maintenance safety; GAMS preview
World-class maintenance: The three keys to success - Deploy people, process and technology; 2016 Lubrication Guide; Why hydraulic systems get hot
Your leaks start here: Take a disciplined approach with your hydraulic system; U.S. presence at Hannover Messe a rousing success
Flexible offshore fire protection; Big Data's impact on operations; Bridging the skills gap; Identifying security risks
The digital oilfield: Utilizing Big Data can yield big savings; Virtualization a real solution; Tracking SIS performance
Getting to the bottom of subsea repairs: Older pipelines need more attention, and operators need a repair strategy; OTC preview; Offshore production difficult - and crucial
Applying network redundancy; Overcoming loop tuning challenges; PID control and networks
Putting COPS into context; Designing medium-voltage electrical systems; Planning and designing resilient, efficient data centers; The nine steps of designing generator fuel systems
Package boilers; Natural gas infrared heating; Thermal treasure; Standby generation; Natural gas supports green efforts

Annual Salary Survey

Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

Maintenance and reliability tips and best practices from the maintenance and reliability coaches at Allied Reliability Group.
The One Voice for Manufacturing blog reports on federal public policy issues impacting the manufacturing sector. One Voice is a joint effort by the National Tooling and Machining...
The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals an organization devoted...
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.
Maintenance is not optional in manufacturing. It’s a profit center, driving productivity and uptime while reducing overall repair costs.
The Lachance on CMMS blog is about current maintenance topics. Blogger Paul Lachance is president and chief technology officer for Smartware Group.
This article collection contains several articles on the vital role that compressed air plays in manufacturing plants.
This article collection contains several articles on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and how it is transforming manufacturing.
This article collection contains several articles on strategic maintenance and understanding all the parts of your plant.
click me