Engineers

The Department of Buildings released three Local Laws changing key definitions that broaden the types of buildings required to benchmark, upgrade lighting and install sub-meters. These Local Laws amend the Administrative Code to redefine covered buildings, city buildings and covered tenant spaces.

Lighting Upgrades

The city clearly seeks to expand required energy efficient lighting systems. Local Law 88 of 2009 mandated “covered buildings” to upgrade their lighting controls, tandem wiring, exit signs, interior lighting power requirements and exterior lighting by January 1, 2025. (more...)

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New York City and State will implement their new Energy Codes on October 3, 2016. New York State Energy Conservation Code (NYSECC) is based on the International Energy Conservation Code and ASHRAE 90.1-2013. The New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC) is the adopted version of Local Law 91. Applications filed after October 3, 2016 will be subject to the 2016 NYCECC.

The new code requires many New York residential buildings to increase their air tightness. (more...)

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The DOB released two memos declaring intent to increase penalties for Energy Code violations.

The first memo concerns energy compliance during the construction process. The DOB plans to issue violations that can escalate into class 2 ECB violations, which require proof of a remedy and may carry hefty fines.

During construction, DOB inspectors will scrutinize Energy Code installations such as insulation, windows and lighting with the authorization to issue violations included the dreaded Stop Work Order. (more...)

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So many new codes have been released since 2014 that building professionals are still catching their collective breath. The FDNY released a memo simplifying some of the most important changes in the 2014 Fire Code. The changes can broadly be categorized to include codes relating to fire escape plans and those relating to road and rooftop accessibility.

Fire Escape Plans

Previously, the FDNY categorized requirements of fire escape plans by occupancy. (more...)

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As part of its Greener, Greater Buildings Plan, New York City targets its largest buildings for annual energy benchmarking. Backed by Local Law 84, benchmarking requires covered buildings to report their annual usage of water, electricity, natural gas, fuel oil and more.

New York City has identified that 48% of its energy use is concentrated in less than 2% of its buildings. These high energy users are targeted for annual benchmarking. (more...)

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On August 7th, 2015 the Health Department made mandatory the inspection of all New York City cooling towers within 14 days. The inspection is the result of the recent outbreak of Legionnaires Disease pinpointed to bacteria found in cooling towers. In the last month alone, Legionnaires’ Disease has claimed 10 lives and hospitalized 100, all in the South Bronx.

The order applies to “all persons who own, manage or otherwise control buildings with water-recirculating cooling towers within the city of New York.”

Respondents are required to have an environmental consultant inspect the cooling tower. (more...)

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As expected, Department of Buildings Commissioner Rick Chandler released a Code of Conduct memo outlining the rules and regulations for industry professionals.

The memo primarily addresses matters of impropriety by design applicants. Chief among these misdeeds is bribery, be it a large amount of money or “flowers, candy, meals or other consumable items.” The memo highlights matters of honesty and integrity on behalf of design applicants. (more...)

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