Local Law 97

New strict building energy laws are just months away.

Is your building up to code?

What is Local Law 97?

Local Law 97 is a provision passed by the New York City Council in 2019 aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions from buildings.

While it aims to help New York City meet its climate goals, hard-working New Yorkers are feeling the pressure as they will be heavily impacted by the impending fines.

At the core of Local Law 97 is the noble aim of reducing pollution and creating a better future for our planet, but it is important that we work together to find solutions that don’t burden those who are already struggling to make ends meet.

The GREEN (Growing Resilient & Energy Efficient NY) Buildings Act (S943A)–(A5050) would give homeowners the resources they need to comply with the new law.

New York can have affordability and sustainability.

Contact your State Legislators today to support this common sense solution to a crisis affecting us all.

In the News

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Owners near boiling point over environmental law at Western Queens Town Hall


NYC co-op and condo owners face expensive dilemma in upgrading buildings to meet new climate law


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Building owners race to meet Local Law 97 requirements


City’s green-building mandate slams housing in service to superstition


Opposition to LL 97 heats up at town hall


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WCBS Talks with Board Member Geoff Mazel


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Bayside Condo, Co-Op Owners To Discuss Effects Of NYC Climate Law


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What’s Holding Up New York’s Climate Progress? Apartment Buildings.


City Building Owners Looking to Get Ahead of 2024 Environmental Regulation


Homeowners and tenants, are you ready to pay?

As early as 2024, fines will begin being assessed for buildings that are not up to code, and these fines will be passed on to tenants as increases in rent and exorbitant fees. The amount of fines incurred by building owners is determined by the level of emissions produced, so the fines could vary significantly.

It is important for residents to be aware of these potential costs and to consider taking action to help lower their building’s carbon emissions. Working with building owners to identify energy-efficient solutions, residents can play an active role in reducing their carbon footprint and mitigating the impact of potential fines.

By 2024, more than 3,500 buildings could face $200 million in fines

By 2030, that increased to 13,500 buildings with more than $900 million in fines

Fines could reach more than $1 Billion by 2035 and continue to increase

New York residents, it’s time to take action!

It’s not too late for our State Legislators to help!

To avoid the financial burden of Local Law 97, we must push our State Legislators to pass tax incentives for building upgrades. Encourage your representatives to take action on this important issue by contacting them today.

Your voice can make a difference in the fight for a cleaner, greener future for our city. With tax incentives, building owners can make necessary upgrades without passing on the costs to already struggling families.

Join us in making New York City a more affordable and sustainable place to live.

Urge your State Assembly member or State Senator to support the GREEN (Growing Resilient & Energy Efficient NY) Buildings Act (S943A)–(A5050)

Helpful Resources

Planning Ahead for Local Law 97

Local Law 97 (LL97) compliance begins in 2024, but implementing energy management strategies for your multifamily properties doesn’t happen overnight, so the time to plan is now.

Local Law 97

Local Law 97 is one of the most ambitious plans for reducing emissions in the nation. Local Law 97 was included in the Climate Mobilization Act, passed by the City Council in April 2019 as part of the Mayor’s New York City Green New Deal.

Local Law 97

Nearly 70% of NYC’s carbon emissions come from the fossil fuels used to heat, cool, and power our buildings. Local Law 97 is part of the city’s plan to address these emissions and make NYC carbon neutral by 2050. 

How will LL97 impact your building?

Automatically load building data from NYC’s benchmarking database or manually enter information to generate carbon thresholds, potential penalties, and utility cost metrics across each compliance period.

Analyzing Potential Impacts of Local Law 97 on New York City Buildings

Local Law 97 will play an important role in New York City’s efforts to decarbonize the built environment and address climate change.

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