1WHAT IS THE NYCEEC efficienSEE™ CALCULATOR?

The NYCEEC efficienSEE™ Calculator provides building owners and property managers with a high quality, rapid estimate of energy and water savings.

efficienSEE™ is now available for multifamily buildings in NYC ≥50,000 ft2.

The efficienSEE™ Calculator was developed in partnership with Steven Winter Associates.

2HOW 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 and height–factors that the data has demonstrated are statistically relevant in more precisely determining the optimal energy use profile of a given building.

Each building’s energy and water performance is then compared to the top 10th and 20th percentile-performing building in its comparable group.

3WHY 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, a suite of initiatives to improve existing buildings’ efficiency and reduce NYC’s carbon footprint. As a result, the City has amassed a first-of-its-kind, large data set of building information under Local Law 84: Benchmarking (LL84) and Local Law 87: Audits & Retro-commissioning (LL87).

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 simple 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 utility cost savings for fuel and electricity usage, in addition to cogeneration potential.

4WHO IS NYCEEC AND HOW DID YOU GET MY BUILDING INFORMATION?

We are a mission-driven lender that finances energy efficiency and clean energy projects in buildings.

Under an agreement with the City of New York for educational and outreach purposes to benefit the public, we receive the submitted reports under LL84.  Most of this data is already publicly available, as part of LL84. We analyzed this data and reformatted it in a way to educate people about the benefits of energy and water efficiency and clean energy.

5ARE THE RESULTS CUSTOMIZED FOR MY SPECIFIC BUILDING?

Yes! Each savings estimate is customized for a specific, real building depending on key attributes of that building, such as building vintage and building size. Results are based on owner-generated reports submitted under Local Law 84: BenchmarkingRoosevelt Landings prioritize their upgrades and save even more money.

6WHAT BUILDING TYPES CAN THE efficienSEE™ CALCULATOR BE USED FOR?

Currently, the efficienSEE™ Calculator can be used for multifamily buildings in New York City ≥50,000 ft2. 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!

7WHEN WILL THE BUILDING INFORMATION BE UPDATED?

The current information is based on Local Law 84: Benchmarking data submitted in 2015. As the City of New York releases new public data, NYCEEC expects to continually update the information.

WHAT DOES MY PERCENTILE MEAN?

Your percentile is your relative ranking for projected cost savings within your comparison group of similar buildings, 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 utility 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.

10I TRIED efficienSEE™, BUT I COULDN’T GET A RESULT. WHY NOT?

There may be a few reasons for this:

If your building is a large multifamily building in NYC ≥50,000 ft2, your building may not be in efficienSEE™ due to incomplete benchmarking data submitted to the City of New York in 2015.

Try searching by your BBL, rather than the address.  In NYC, often times the mailing address can differ from the tax address.

efficienSEE™ is currently available only for multifamily buildings in NYC ≥50,000 ft2.

Contact us.  We may be able to help you calculate your savings with some additional information from you.

CAN THIS REPLACE AN ENERGY AUDIT?

Think of efficienSEE™ as a quick peek into your potential utility cost savings based on your specific building attributes, but it can’t tell you how to save the energy.

efficienSEE™ does not replace an energy audit, which is a more customized and in-depth check-up of your building. However, efficienSEE™ can be used as an approximate proxy and substantiation of your energy audit results.

WHY ARE MY COST SAVINGS SPLIT BETWEEN FUEL AND ELECTRIC?

Generally speaking, a building can achieve energy efficiency cost savings in two areas: its electricity usage and fuel usage.

We wanted to provide you with more granularity into your cost savings areas, for example, including potential water savings, so you have a better idea of where to focus your efforts.

WHY ARE MY COST SAVINGS MORE SKEWED TOWARDS THE FUEL SIDE?

A recent study by Living Cities and Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, “Recognizing the Benefits of Energy Efficiency”, found that multifamily buildings can achieve greater cost savings on the fuel side. This happens because, for the common areas, buildings generally have much higher fuel use intensity than electric use intensity.

WHAT IS COGENERATION AND WHAT MAKES A GOOD CANDIDATE?

Cogeneration (or cogen) is the simultaneous production of electricity and heat, usually from burning natural gas. Cogen provides high-quality on-site generation of electrical and/or mechanical power and the waste heat is recovered for hot water, heating, cooling, or other process applications.

Cogen can save buildings considerable money because of its high efficiency and hedge against unstable energy costs. In addition, cogen can improve a building’s resiliency by providing electricity and hot water during outages.

Cogeneration is generally a cost effective and viable measure for large buildings ≥200,000 ft2 that are master metered.

NYCEEC has financed many cogeneration deals, including the Millennium Broadway and Millenium Hilton hotels, which are projected to save 17% and 34% in energy use, respectively.

WHAT KIND OF MEASURES COULD HELP ME ACHIEVE THESE ESTIMATED SAVINGS?

These energy and water efficiency measures could include “low hanging fruit” improvements like heating controls, thermostatic valves, insulation, low flow fixtures like toilets, showerheads and faucets and improved operational efficiencies.

For examples of buildings that have implemented cost effective measures and achieved cost savings, please see these case studies.

HOW IS THE CALCULATOR DIFFERENT FROM OTHER ONLINE TOOLS?

With just an address, efficienSEE™ can generate a data-driven savings estimate for a specific building. Importantly, savings are shown in terms of estimates on dollars saved, energy reduced, and greenhouse gas eliminated.

efficienSEE™ Calculator has the capability to break out savings between fuel,  electric and water, so the user can better see where cost savings can be found.

In addition, efficienSEE™ can help you determine whether to further pursue cogen as a smart investment.

I’M READY TO SAVE MONEY. WHAT’S THE NEXT STEP?

Contact us! We can help you with the next steps, whether you’ve already completed your energy survey and know your project scope or need help starting your energy survey.