What is local law 88?

Local law 88 was enacted in December 2009 as part of the Greener Greater Buildings Plan. It requires upgrades to lighting systems and the installation of sub-meters by January 1, 2025.

What’s the point?

New York City’s council found that non-residential lighting is responsible for almost 18% of the energy used in buildings and roughly 18% of carbon emissions from buildings. Due to rapid improvements in lighting technology—like LEDs, occupancy sensors, and controls—it is possible to dramatically reduce energy use and costs by upgrading your lighting to a modern system.

New York City has set a lot of big goals for reducing carbon emissions. Local laws like LL88 act as a catalyst for building owners and managers to meet these goals by identifying areas of improvement and outlining paths to implement those improvements.