WHAT IS THE NYCEEC efficienSEE™ CALCULATOR?
The NYCEEC efficienSEE™ Calculator provides building owners and property managers with a high quality, rapid projection of energy savings associated with cost effective energy efficiency measures, generally a seven year payback or less.
The efficienSEE™ Calculator was developed in partnership with Steven Winter Associates and with assistance from WegoWise and Michael Blasnik Associates.
HOW DOES THE NYCEEC efficienSEE™ CALCULATOR WORK?
The efficienSEE™ Calculator uses owner-generated reports submitted under New York City’s energy benchmarking regulation (Local Law 84 of 2009). Each building is grouped with comparable New York City buildings based on age, height and affordability status – factors that the data has demonstrated are statistically relevant in more precisely determining the optimal energy use profile of a given building. A building’s projected energy savings is then calculated relative to its peers based on data reflecting the performance of cost effective savings measures using actual historical savings data on similar buildings provided by NYSERDA. The current version uses data from 2012. NYCEEC and our partners are in the process of updating the tool with the latest available data.
WHY WAS THE NYCEEC efficienSEE™ CALCULATOR CREATED AND HOW DOES IT BENEFIT ME?
In 2009, the City of New York passed the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP), a suite of initiatives to improve existing buildings’ efficiency and reduce the NYC’s carbon footprint. As a result of GGBP, the City has amassed a first-of-its-kind, large data set of building information under Local Law 84: Benchmarking and Local Law 87: Audits & Retro-commissioning. This provides New York City with the unique opportunity to help building owners and property managers improve their building performance, save money and reduce greenhouse gases. This data is publicly available to anyone, but the raw data doesn’t mean much to most people.
Under a partnership with the City of New York, NYCEEC has translated and analyzed this data through a proprietary algorithm, jointly developed with Steven Winters Associates, to generate useful, actionable information for building owners and property managers.
efficienSEE™ is meant to be a useful tool for building owners and property managers to get a quick look into their building’s “low-hanging fruit” cost savings for fuel and electricity usage, in addition to cogeneration potential.
WHO IS NYCEEC AND HOW DID YOU GET MY BUILDING INFORMATION?
We are a local non-profit dedicated to financing clean energy projects in New York City. Under an agreement with the City of New York for educational and outreach purposes to benefit the public, we receive the owner-generated reports submitted under Local Law 84: Benchmarking. We have analyzed this data and created this tool to educate the public on the benefits of energy efficiency and clean energy.
ARE THE RESULTS CUSTOMIZED FOR MY SPECIFIC BUILDING?
Yes! Each savings projection is customized for a specific, real building depending on key attributes of that building, such as building vintage, building size and affordability status. Results are based on owner-generated reports submitted under New York City’s Local Law 84: Benchmarking regulation.
WHAT BUILDING TYPES CAN THE efficienSEE™ CALCULATOR BE USED FOR?
Currently, the efficienSEE™ Calculator can be used for multifamily buildings in New York City that are over 50,000 square feet in size. NYCEEC is working to expand the tool to include commercial buildings. If you have a different building type, contact us and we’ll see how we can help you!
WHEN WILL THE BUILDING INFORMATION BE UPDATED?
The current information is based on Local Law 84: Benchmarking data submitted in 2012. As the City of New York releases new public data, NYCEEC expects to be continually updating the information.
WHAT DOES MY PERCENTILE MEAN?
Your percentile is your relative ranking for projected cost savings within your comparison group of similar buildings, which is based on building age, building size, and affordability status. The higher the percentile, the more potential your building has – relative to its peers – to achieve cost savings.
ACCORDING TO efficienSEE™, MY BUILDING IS FAIRLY EFFICIENT, BUT I’M INTERESTED IN SAVING MORE MONEY. HOW DO I ACHIEVE GREATER SAVINGS?
First off, congratulations! And kudos to wanting to save more money! We can help you identify greater cost savings. When Roosevelt Landings first came to us, they had already completed NYSERDA’s Multifamily Performance Program and achieved [30%] energy savings. There were more savings to be had. We helped Roosevelt Landings prioritize their upgrades and save even more money.