Get your Energy
Benchmarking done right
Want to comply with NJ's Clean Energy Act?
And get the highest possible Energy Star rating?
"We hired EZ energy services to perform our NYC benchmarking. We received a fine when our previous management company did not realize benchmarking was a requirement. EZ was both economical and fast. They realized time was of the essence in order for us to avoid a second fine"
Energy benchmarking is a pretty new requirement, so there are lots of questions and misconceptions.
Here are some common ones:
Everyone wants to breathe clean air and drink clean water. But it's a huge challenge to regulate harmful emissions, especially in cities.
The EPA has identified benchmarking as a crucial first step in this effort. Benchmarking commercial buildings' energy usage and water consumption will promote market-driven increases in energy efficiency. It also improves the public’s understanding of energy usage, so people can make well-informed decisions.
The short answer: Buildings over 25,000 SF that are classified as "commercial" (Class 4A) or "apartment" (Class 4C). Condos and co-ops need not file.
What not everyone knows: Exemptions can be granted based on certain variables. We can help you determine if you can be removed from the states's Covered Buildings List.
Benchmarking data for New Jersey properties must be submitted by October 1st of each year.
Please note that the deadline for New York properties is May 1st.
This law is still very new and the state hasn't yet released information about how they will enforce it. Likely, they won't throw people in dungeons, but they will almost certainly issue violations.
You don't need to wait for the axe to fall.
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Many building managers think so.
They simply request and then submit the data from their utility providers. This is a per-building, aggregated tally that does not require any breakdown by individual tenants.
The problem with the DIY route is it can generate results you won't like. Based on your filing, your building will receive posters with your energy efficiency rating score (A through D) that must be posted near the door of the building, in plain view. Tenants, potential buyers, and lenders will factor in your building's Energy Grade when making decisions.
Better benchmarking counts other factors
There are a number of additional — but not commonly understood — variables that play a role in generating your score, and by submitting utility bills without noting these other factors, the building can earn a lower rating, sometimes even a "D" instead of an "A".
In a rather obvious example, space allotted to a bakery would be allowed higher usage than space used for storage space. Different spaces need to meet different standards. A knowledgeable energy consultant will ask you the right questions to determine if your property's usage, occupancy, or structure could make it qualify for a higher efficiency score.
The lower your building's energy consumption, the higher the score. An Energy Star score of 75 or higher qualifies you to apply for Energy Star Certification, which is sure to increase the value of your asset.
Our buildings become more efficient, operating costs are lower and
we get a cleaner, greener New Jersey.
EZ Energy Services is a full-service energy consultancy firm servicing the tri-state area. We take the guesswork out of energy efficiency compliance with simple, smart solutions that improve building performance, slash your operating expenses and create long-term value.