Get Ready for Summer Streets 2018

By Wayne Sheppard With Memorial Day behind us, summer is fast approaching. Here in the five boroughs, the warmer weather means that Summer Streets is just around the corner. The annual event opens nearly seven miles of New York City’s streets to the public, providing space for healthy recreation and encouraging New Yorkers to use… View more

New York City Extends 2018 Benchmarking Compliance Deadline

By Renee Sosnowski The Mayor’s Office of Long-Term Planning and Sustainability (OLTPS) notified the Department of Buildings (DOB) by letter that it has temporarily suspended compliance with Administrative Code §28-309.4, Benchmarking Energy and Water Use. Unresolved technical issues prompted the temporary suspension of 2018 benchmarking compliance for the 2017 calendar year. Previously, 2017 benchmarking reports… View more

New York Sets Stage for Resilience with Li-ion Permitting Guide

By Frank Fortino With the April release of a blueprint for installing Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) batteries, New York City continues its commitment to sustainability. The Energy Storage Permitting and Interconnection Process Guide for New York City: Lithium-Ion Outdoor Systems guide represents a collaborative effort by the Department of Buildings (DOB), the Fire Department of New York… View more

‘I only want to know what I need for TCO’: Construction Division Signoffs

By Austin Regan, R.A. In last month’s article, we mentioned the four Department of Building (DOB) divisions that must sign off on issuance of a Final Certificate of Occupancy: Construction Division Plumbing Division Elevator Division Electrical Division For Temporary Certificates of Occupancy, at a minimum, temporary signoffs must be obtained from the first three divisions. Electrical… View more