The New York City Council amended Article 309 of Local Law 33, mandating that buildings obtain and disclose energy efficiency scores and grades starting in 2020. Buildings will receive energy efficiency grades of “A” through “F” assigned through a benchmarking tool. Similar to restaurant grades, buildings will be required to display energy scores in a prominent location near their entrance, in hopes that many will optimize energy efficiency in striving for an “A.”
Article 309 is titled “Benchmarking Energy and Water Use,” yet every efficiency clause deals only with energy. Why should buildings be graded on their gas and electric efficiency, but not water? It has been evident time and time again that the city does not care about water conservation. It is imperative that this issue is at the forefront of the city’s conservation agenda, especially with the looming Delaware Aqueduct shutdowns. The DEP only cares about generating revenue.
At Ashokan Water Services, conservation is our mission. We specialize in promoting effective water management in the very types of buildings which will be affected by the energy efficiency amendment, and implore the New York City Council to make the same grading requirements for water efficiency as they have for energy efficiency.