NYC Gas Ban (Local Law 154 of 2021)

In December 2021, NYC signed into law a ban on natural gas and other combustion fuels in most new buildings. The natural gas ban (Local Law 154 of 2021) will take effect in December 2023 for buildings under seven stories and in 2027 for buildings greater than …Read More

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New Year, New Code

With 2021 in the rear-view mirror, it’s time to start putting some important dates on your 2022 calendar and beyond. January 4, 2022 & January 10, 2022:The NYC Department of Environmental Protection is in the process of updating the Unified Stormwater Rules which will impact storm water detention …Read More

Meeting 2021 Affordable and Supportive Housing Demand

The US real estate climate has been particularly volatile over the past two years due to the impact of COVID-19, and with the industry preparing to embrace a post-pandemic world, affordable housing construction and investment have been spearheading discussions. Among the most significant trends across residential housing is …Read More

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Commercial Observer’s 5th Annual Healthcare Forum

EP Engineering, Partner, Giovanni Melendez, spoke on Commercial Observer's 5th Annual Healthcare Construction Forum on Thursday, September 23rd. Giovanni spoke on the Healthcare Construction Outlook and how the industry is forecasted to see one of the greatest rates of growth in 2022. This comes as the industry …Read More

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What is Passive House?

Passive House Design Gains Steam in NYC as Leading Sustainability Solution for Commercial Development As New York City’s landlords and developers stare down tightening carbon-emissions caps with Local Law 97’s deadline fast approaching, the energy efficiency of commercial buildings is becoming even more paramount. What is Passive House? The basic …Read More

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Certificate of Compliance

The Department of Buildings requires that specified service equipment be filed, inspected, and registered prior to operation. This registration is in the form of a Certificate of Compliance (previously know as “Equipment Use Permit”). Operating equipment without a Certificate of Compliance, or without copies of the COC …Read More

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ASHRAE Recommendations for Reducing Airborne Infectious Aerosol Exposure

The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) Epidemic Task Force has provided continuous research and recommendations for building owners, occupants, and design professionals throughout the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic.These recommendations vary by building occupancy and existing mechanical systems. In an effort to clarify …Read More

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ARCS (Auxiliary Radio Communication System)

EP Engineering is here to assist in designing the necessary ARCS for any high-rise building. Auxiliary Radio Communication System (ARCS) is required in all newly constructed NYC high-rise buildings (i.e. buildings with an occupied floor located more than 75 feet above the lowest level of FDNY vehicle …Read More

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BETTER AIR | For Restaurants

New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) has released “Interim COVID-19 Guidance for Indoor Food Services in New York City. In addition to regulations for sanitization, social distancing, and other operating procedures, the document includes guidelines from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) …Read More