Energy Benchmarking

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In an initiative to improve citywide energy and water efficiency, New York City requires large buildings that meet certain criteria to submit an annual “benchmarking” report detailing their energy and water consumption. This information is then analyzed and the results are made public so that each building’s efficiency can be assessed relative to other buildings.

The energy efficiency working grade is a rating based on a building’s energy usage per square foot, and is a rough indicator of how the building’s utility costs stack up relative to other residential buildings.