The New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services (DCAS) has selected Eneractive Solutions to conduct audits and retro-commissioning projects on municipal buildings, the Edison Energy subsidiary announced on February 15.
Eneractive’s consultation will ensure that DCAS complies with New York City’s Local Law 87 (LL87), which requires that buildings over 50,000 gross square feet undergo periodic energy audit assessments – and that the results of such assessments be filed with the New York City Department of Buildings.
The audit requirement is for the purpose of identifying recommended, but not required, energy savings measures. The retro-commissioning requirement is meant to ensure that a building’s systems are operating as intended.
“Our mission is to offer solutions that will ensure compliance with LL87 and provide forward-looking plans that will allow these important facilities – such as schools, public transportation depots and hospitals – to [use] energy in a more efficient manner, positioning them to be more sustainable for years to come.” commented Eneractive CEO Dan Weeden.
Eneractive will perform a thorough assessment of each building’s energy portfolio, allowing the company to advise DCAS on the optimum solutions for energy improvements through replacement and upgrades, as well as installation of new technology and implementation of renewable energy projects.
New York City is on a path to reduce citywide emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Public buildings are required to lead by example and reduce emissions from government buildings by 35 percent by 2025, as outlined in New York City’s sustainability plan, One City, Built to Last.
Assessing the energy use of the city’s buildings and making the necessary changes or upgrades to infrastructure is a key step toward meeting these targets.
More than 2.1 billion square feet of fl our area in New York City buildings has been benchmarked since 2010, and the city has released three reports analyzing this data. The reports found that multifamily residential buildings present the greatest energy saving opportunity due to their relative size and distribution of energy use, and that there is signify cant variation in energy use among similar types of buildings—presenting enormous opportunities for energy efficiency and GHG reductions.