Buildings that fail to comply will face an annual fine of $1,250 and a Department of Buildings violation. However, not all buildings larger than 25,000 square feet are required to comply. Buildings with an N grade, that contain a data center, television studio, and/or a trading floor that is larger than ten percent of its gross floor area are exempt from compliance. Some mixed-use buildings that do not meet requirements for a score and multifamily buildings with fewer than 20 units may receive an N grade and be exempt from compliance.
If you are unsure whether your building is required to comply, please do not hesitate to contact your building’s managing agent, building attorney or Mr. Marc Luxemburg at Gallet Dreyer & Berkey, LLP, where questions or concerns regarding the energy efficiency grading system and related matters can be addressed.
You may also find additional information on DOB’s Benchmarking and Energy Efficiency Grading page.