Local Laws and Energy Audits

BSE Energy Audits and Local Laws

As the world becomes more aware of the impact of climate change, governments around the world are enacting laws and regulations to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. At this time, cities in the United States, like New York, have implemented local energy efficiency laws. These local laws require commercial and industrial property owners to meet certain energy efficiency standards. Failure to comply with these laws can result in significant penalties and fines.

This is where Big Shine Energy comes in. We are a team of Certified Energy Auditors (CEAs) and Building Energy Assessment Professionals (BEAPs). We are experts in helping commercial and industrial property owners achieve compliance with local energy efficiency laws. Our comprehensive energy audits and assessments identify areas of energy waste and inefficiency in buildings. With this information, property owners can make the necessary upgrades and improvements to meet local energy efficiency requirements.


One of the most important tools we use to help property owners avoid local law penalties is the ASHRAE Level Audit. ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers) is an international professional organization that sets standards for building systems, energy efficiency, and indoor air quality. The ASHRAE Level Audit is a standardized method for assessing the energy performance of buildings and identifying opportunities for improvement.

Our certified energy auditors and BEAPs are trained in the ASHRAE Level Audit process. This three level process provides property owners with a detailed report of their building’s energy performance. For example, a Level I report includes:

  • A breakdown of energy consumption by end-use (such as lighting, HVAC, and plug loads)
  • An analysis of building envelope and mechanical systems
  • In conclusion, a list of recommended energy efficiency measures in the final analysis
    • No-cost measures
    • Low cost measures
    • Capital improvements

By performing an ASHRAE Level Audit, property owners can identify the most cost-effective energy efficiency measures for their building and prioritize their implementation based on payback period and other financial criteria. This allows property owners to make targeted investments in energy efficiency that will have the greatest impact on reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.

In addition to helping property owners avoid local law penalties, our energy audits and assessments can also provide other benefits. For example, many property owners have found that energy efficiency upgrades can lead to significant cost savings on energy bills. They also find that building occupants benefit from improved indoor air quality, increased comfort and productivity.

Schedule An Audit

At Big Shine Energy, we are committed to helping commercial and industrial property owners achieve their energy efficiency goals and comply with local energy efficiency laws. Contact us today to schedule an ASHRAE Level Audit or other energy assessment. Start reaping the benefits of improved energy efficiency in your building.

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