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Historic Building Preservation Today

Humanity is immortalized through art, language, knowledge and architecture. Through the built environment, we are able to contextualize certain elements of culture, identify different civilizations, and understand how the world has changed over time. Whether it’s the Taj Mahal or the Guggenheim, buildings are a way for the past to both communicate with and project to the future. Early builders

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File Your Application for a New Building the Right Way

To build any structure in the state of New York, it is a legal requirement to have a permit or license. Most construction requires a Registered Architect (RA) or Professional Engineer (PE) recognized and licensed in the city to file all the plans and application permits before the project begins. Different permits exist for various projects. There are two primary

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What You Should Know about the Facade Inspection Safety Program

The Facade Inspection Safety Program (FISP), previously known as Local Law 11, requires owners of buildings six stories and up to schedule an inspection of the exterior walls and appurtenances by a New York State licensed architect or engineer every five years. Depending on the building’s level of deterioration, a building owner may be required to coordinate a second inspection so that

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Understanding Local Law 84

If you own a large building, then you should already be aware of Local Law 84, also known as the NYC Benchmarking Law. This law holds you responsible for reporting the water and energy consumption of your property. Starting in 2018, Local Law 84 is expanding to include mid-size buildings that are larger than 25,000 square feet, but less than 50,000 square feet.

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