How Are We Doing on Energy Efficiency?
The energy used in New York’s buildings is responsible for 70 percent of citywide carbon emissions and costs New Yorkers more than $20 billion every year. Despite this enormous impact and expense, most of this energy use remains mysterious. Unlike our general awareness of the mileage per gallon performance when we buy or operate a car, most building owners and managers do not know whether their buildings are efficient. Tenants are usually even less aware.
Since you can’t manage what you don’t measure, New York City passed a law that requires all large buildings to annually measure their energy use in a process called “benchmarking”. And to ensure that decision makers, such as building owners and prospective tenants, have access to this energy information, the benchmarking data has been made public via a spreadsheet posted on the web. With the launch of METERED New York, that data is now easier to find and easier to understand.
Check out the new web tool here.