DOB Fall Updates: Energy Grade Posting & Facade Extension

October is here, and with it are two noteworthy news items: one big reminder, and one huge update for DOB compliance in NYC.

Energy Efficiency Labels Are Now Available – Must Be Posted By 10/31

Per the Department of Buildings, Energy Efficiency Scores (and labels detailing those scores) are now available for buildings on the Covered Buildings List.

Scores can be found for each building here in DOB NOW. Just scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on “Get Your Energy Efficiency Rating” to access the score and label for your building.

Once you have the label, you’ll need to post it “in a conspicuous location near each public entrance to such building.” There are more details on placement, and answers for specific building questions in the DOB’s FAQ Guide.

Labels must be posted before October 31st, according to the latest DOB Service Notice update. Failure to post the label may result in a civil penalty of $1,250.

As a reminder, this regulation applies to all buildings on the Covered Buildings List – generally, buildings over 25,000 square feet – or multiple buildings on a lot that total 100,000 square feet or more. The posted labels will have to be updated with each year’s grade and score, and re-posted by 10/31 annually.

For more details, check out the DOB’s FAQ Guide for Local Law 33.

Cycle 8 Facade Amnesty Program Is Extended

We previously shared news about the DOB’s Facade Amnesty Program for Cycle 8 filings. This week, the DOB announced that the Program is extended through October 31st, 2020. 

The Program is only available to noncompliant Cycle 8 owners, and will not be extended again. If you do not have a Cycle 8 FISP report on file (and you’re required to submit one), file before the end of the month, and it will also be applied to Cycle 9.

Again, participating in the Amnesty program does not remove any required fines that may have been issued for failure to file Cycle 8/late filings.

Review the DOB’s recent service notice, or our detailed blog post, for more.

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