Fire Service Access Elevators

As of the 2014 NYC Building Code, buildings with occupied more than 120’ above fire department vehicle access height must be provided with at least one fire service access elevator (NYC Building Code 403.6.1). This elevator allows trained fire department personal to utilize the elevator during a …Read More

Local Law 97 of 2009 Update

Buildings account for the bulk of New York City’s greenhouse gas emissions. As part of its commitment to reduce citywide emissions by 80 percent in 2050, the city passed Local Law 97 of 2019. It affects buildings over 25,000 square feet. These “covered buildings” must report their …Read More

NYC Office Conversion Accelerator Program

The New York City Department of City Planning now has an Office Conversion Accelerator program to act as a single city government contact for owners that are considering office-to-residential conversion projects. This applies to conversions that would provide 50 units of housing or more, and is in …Read More

Local Law 77 of 2023 – Code Revisions

On June 10, 2023 NYC enacted Local Law 77 of 2023 which revises the 2022 versions of the Building, Plumbing, Mechanical and Fuel Gas Codes. Keen eyed readers may have already noticed the following note at the top of the NYC DOB’s online versions of the building …Read More

The Local Laws for Lighting Upgrades (LL88)

The local laws for lighting upgrades and submetering are coming into effect, January 1, 2025. Per Local Law 88 of 2009, and Local Laws 132 and 134 of 2016, buildings over 25,000 square feet must have the following: Lighting that is compliant with current energy code. Submetering for all tenant …Read More

Hybrid Heat Pump Water Heaters

In a previous EP Knows article we took a look at large scale heat pump water heaters plants where the condensing units are located remotely (typically outside) and water is stored elsewhere, inside the building. While a few manufacturers offer a similar arrangement for small scale domestic …Read More