Chris Ragalie

In 2012, New York City’s Zone Green program amended the Zoning Code to allow wall thickness to be deducted from floor area provided the walls are energy efficient. City Planning claims New York buildings are responsible for 80 percent of the city’s carbon emissions. This floor area deduction gives both older and newer buildings an opportunity to insulate their walls and save on energy costs.

Zoning computes floor area from the outside of the building’s edge, encompassing the entire thickness of the wall. (more...)

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City Council passed its construction safety bill on September 27th, 2017. The bill makes additions to the Administrative and Building Codes to mandate worker safety training, creates a task force and imposes penalties for failure to comply.

Newly created Building Code Section 3321 presents requirements for Site Safety Training (SST). The rollout for worker Site Safety Training comes in three phases, referred to as “compliance dates.”

First Compliance Date: March 1, 2018

Second Compliance Date: December 1, 2018 or, if determined by the DOB, a later date, but no later than June 1, 2019. (more...)

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Sliver buildings are taller buildings that have less than 45 width feet street frontage. The height allowances for sliver buildings are generally determined by the width of the street or 100 feet, whichever is less. Sliver buildings are not to be confused with towers. Towers are much taller than sliver buildings so they may appear thinner, but they lie on much larger zoning lots with wider street frontage. (more...)

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Outsource Consultants has launched a convenient ECB Violations Tool for New York City building owners, property managers, owners representatives and other building professionals. Simply enter a building address to see a list of open ECB violations.

The ECB Violations Tool also resolves violations. Simply add violations to the quote cart and submit. An Outsource representative will review the violations and respond with the next steps to having a violation free building. (more...)

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You rarely see liquor stores alongside churches and schools in New York City. It’s not a zoning restriction. It’s actually a law imposed by the New York Liquor Authority called the 200 Foot Rule.

200 Foot Rule

The 200 Foot rule prohibits liquor licenses from being issued to establishments located “on the same street and within 200 feet of a building that is used exclusively as a school, church synagogue or other place of worship.” The 200 Foot Rule applies to liquor only. (more...)

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In another effort to improve construction safety, the DOB issued Local Law 81 of 2017 expanding the role of the construction superintendent. The DOB will be requiring construction superintendents on more job types while assigning them more responsibilities. Local Law 81 takes effect on November 6, 2017.

Currently the DOB requires a site safety manager during the construction or demolition of buildings over ten stories high (major buildings). (more...)

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The Department of Buildings recently implemented Local Law 78 of 2017 creating new guidelines for the reporting of injuries on construction sites. The law expands requirements for injury reporting in an effort to increase transparency in construction safety. The Department updates incident lists every month.

Types of Injury

Local Law 78 expands reporting of injury subjects beyond construction workers to include any injured subject, including bystanders. (more...)

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