New York City Local Law 88

Introduced in 2009 by Council Members Recchia, Jr., the Speaker (Council Member Quinn), Comrie, Dickens, Fidler, Garodnick, Gioia, James, Lappin, Mitchell, Nelson, Reyna, Rivera, Stewart, Liu, Yassky, Sears, White Jr., Mendez, de Blasio, Mark-Viverito, Katz, Vallone Jr., Gerson, Koppell, Vann, Avella, Vacca, Jackson, Brewer, Gonzalez, Ferreras, Barron, Arroyo, Crowley, Gennaro and Mealy.

To amend the administrative code of the city of New York, in relation to upgrading lighting systems and the installation of sub-meters in certain buildings.

Be it enacted by the Council as follows:

Section 1. Declaration of legislative findings and intent. The Council finds that non-residential lighting is responsible for almost 18% of the energy used in New York City's buildings and roughly 18% of carbon emissions from buildings, that tenant electrical use can account for the majority of the electricity consumed in many large non-residential buildings, and that patterns of electrical consumption in tenant spaces are often not known by tenants. Rapid improvements in lighting technology in the past decades have made it feasible to dramatically reduce energy consumption by installing more efficient lighting systems, and any investments made to install such systems will typically be realized through operational savings. Furthermore, most large buildings have one master meter for electricity that measures building-wide usage, as opposed to separate meters that provide such information on a per tenant basis. The Council finds that the consumption of energy for lighting and other electrical equipment can be reduced if code-compliant lighting is installed in non-residential spaces and electrical measuring equipment is installed and data on electrical energy use is made available to commercial tenants.

§2. Chapter 3 of title 28 of the administrative code of the city of New York is amended by adding new articles 310 and 311 to read as follows:

Article 310

Required Upgrade of Lighting Systems

§28-310.1 General. Lighting systems in covered buildings shall be upgraded as provided for in this article.
§28-310.2 Definitions. As used in this article, the following terms shall have the following meanings:

COVERED BUILDING. As it appears in the records of the department of finance: (i) a building that exceeds 50,000 gross square feet (4645 m2), (ii) two or more buildings on the same tax lot that together exceed 100,000 gross square feet (9290 m2), or (iii) two or more buildings held in the condominium form of ownership that are governed by the same board of managers and that together
exceed 100,000 gross square feet (9290 m2).

Exception: The term “covered building” shall not include real property classified as class one pursuant to subdivision one of section 1802 of the real property tax law.

UPGRADE. The installation or modification of the lighting system of a covered building to comply with the standards required for new systems, including all of the following elements: lighting controls (interior lighting controls, light reduction controls and automatic lighting shutoff), tandem wiring, exit signs, interior lighting power requirements and exterior lighting. Read more