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Compliance With Building Regulations in New York City

By: Scott Henson

Buildings larger than 25,000 square feet that are higher than 6 stories need to comply with two sets of regulations in New York City.

The new Building Emissions Law that is part of the Climate Mobilization Act requires buildings larger than 25,000 square feet to reduce their emissions 40% by 2030 and 80% by 2050. This will drive the overall reduction of emissions citywide decreasing NYC’s carbon footprint to enact Mayor de Blasio’s pledge that the city become carbon neutral by 2050.

The Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) requires buildings with more than 6 stories to be regularly inspected and repaired, this is intended to reduce the risk of falling façade hazards to the public. NYC’s upcoming FISP Cycle 9 opens for technical report submissions on February 21, 2020 through February 21, 2024.

The NYC Department of Buildings newest amendments to FISP are scheduled to become effective February 20, 2020. The rule amendments are designed to enhance the qualified exterior wall inspector qualifications, inspection requirements and civil penalties against owners to ensure public safety.

The New York City Council outlines that residential buildings contribute the most greenhouse gas emissions in NYC. Medium size pre-war multifamily properties are particularly inefficient, according to this study by the Urban Green Council. Multifamily properties will need to reduce fuel use to meet the upcoming emissions caps by 2024.

Scott Henson Architect has the expertise to look at your building holistically and develop a long-term plan to improve both energy efficiency and façade safety. We are committed to helping our clients drive towards a safer and more sustainable future for NYC.

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