Local Law 87 is required for all NYC buildings over 50,000 SF.
Published on: October 19, 2019

What is Local Law 87 all about?

Local Law 87 requires buildings in New York City larger than 50,000 square feet to file an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) with the NYC Department of Buildings (DOB).  Even more, the Law also requires a Retro-Commissioning study.  The energy efficiency report is designed to help building owners identify low-cost/no-cost measures to reduce unnecessary energy consumption.

LC Associates is your Trusted Advisor

LC Associates has been providing Local Law 87 compliance services since the law was enacted.  While other providers will offer you a study and move onto the next project, LC Associates takes an extra step.  In contrast LC Associates will  identify cash incentives that may be available to offset the cost of your ECM’s.  While ECM’s may not be required under Local Law 87, consequently they may be required under Local Law 97.

Local Law 97 Preview

Most notably, Local Law 97 will put pressure on Landlords and Tenants to implement the measures in the Local Law 87 Energy Efficiency Report.  You can read about Local Law 97 on our Blog.

How do I comply?

Simply find out when your audit it due, and set up an appointment.  We will generate your local law 87 report and submit all required documents to the NYC DOB.

We are here to help…

Finding out when your audit is due is easy, simply find your address in the table below. 

Setting up a quick 15 minute call is even easier, simply book your own appointment below!

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PART 1. Energy Efficiency Audit.

The energy audit includes the base building systems including HVAC, Envelope and Lighting.  We will generate a report that identifies all reasonable measures and capital improvements that would result in energy savings.

Local Law 87 Energy Study

Part 2. Retro-Commissioning

The retro-commissioning audit identifies operational improvements rather than capital upgrades. Operational improvements are low cost measures that reduce energy consumption and lower expenses with quick paybacks.

Local Law 87 Retro-commissioning Study


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What if I don’t Comply?

    There are steep penalties for non-compliance. A violation is issued for any building that does not file an Energy Study by the end of the compliance year. The penalty for non-filing is $3,000 for the first year, and $5,000 per year for every year thereafter.

  2. How long does the study take?

    Energy Studies typically take 4 to 12 weeks depending on the size of your building.  If there are more buildings, then additional time will be needed.

  3. What happens after I receive the study and Retro-Commissioning Report

    Buildings must implement the retro-commissioning measures.  These measures are typically low-cost/no-cost measures with quick paybacks.  The Energy Conservation Measures in the Audit are not required.

  4. How much does the study cost?

    Energy studies range in price from $0.15/SF to $0.25/SF depending on the size and complexity of your building.

  5. How do I sign up?

    Simply set up a call on our self-service telephone call with our scheduling widget and we will get the ball rolling.


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More FAQ’s can be found on the NYC DOB’s website by clicking here.

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