The Lighting Upgrade Law is first up in a series of articles at GRELJ that will take a closer look at the four pieces of legislation comprising New York City’s Greener Greater Buildings Plan.
Tag Archives | Commercial Submetering
Submetering and smart meters are very good ideas, and ones whose potential takes the implicit promise of much that we write about here at gbNYC and make it explicit. That is, the idea of arming people with valuable information and incentives for smarter behavior could condition positive change in both our built environment and how we live in it. In time, submetered energy will probably replace old-style flat-rate pricing just as thoroughly and just as deservingly as broadband internet is replacing dial-up. The problem is that no one has successfully explained this stuff to consumers, and that it’s work — making changes in one’s behavior, reading a complicated energy bill, actually turning on one’s brain and responding to market incentives — and that humans by their nature kind of abhor that sort of thing.
Although the costs of auditing were raised by opponents to the plan earlier this year, mandatory energy audits are now required every ten years, though buildings certified under LEED 2009 for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance or which receive EPA’s Energy Star label are exempt. It’s this exemption that’s of particular interest to us here at GRELJ.