“Energy Grades” May Become A New Requirement for NYC Landlords

A bill working through City Council may mean New York’s residential and commercial landlords will have to sweat over their grades like they’re back in school.

If passed, any NYC building, commercial or residential, will have to post their energy efficiency grade, ranging from A to F – near public entrances. Private building owners whose properties are included under the requirements of this would-be law will have to measure and control energy metrics by means of a public database, reports Architect’s Newspaper. This database will assign the grade to be posted.

Council member Dan Garodnick, the author of the bill, sees this as part of the city’s mission to live up to international sustainability standards.

“As the federal government shirks its stewardship of our environment, it is up to cities to step in,” Garodnick said to Architect’s Newspaper. Currently, the city gathers information about the energy usage of public and private buildings over 50,000 square feet; the bill would have an impact on approximately 20,000 structures if Mayor Bill de Blasio signs it into law. On December 19, City Council passed the bill, but the owners won’t have to post the grades until 2020.

This step is seen as progress by Rory Christian, the director of New York Clean Energy Environmental Defense Fund.

“Requiring large buildings to post their energy efficiency grades is a natural next step in the evolution of the city’s energy policies,” he said in a statement.