Matt Capone

NYC Energy Code Crackdown

Can you believe 9 out of 10 projects which submit for building permits in New York City fail to meet the baseline energy code?

Seems difficult to imagine, considering the code requirements have not even changed recently.

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Photo by Tyrone Turner/National Geographic – infrared showing heat loss from NYC buildings

All this means is that we need better education and enforcement in the building community.

The good news is that now changes are taking place thanks to the NYC Department of Buildings and Gina Bocra, Chief Sustainability Officer for NYC DOB.

We recently contacted Gina Bocra to get more information about the energy code crack down and the amount of rejected building permits.

She told us, “We have consistently seen considerable progress in return applicant’s subsequent submissions. Three or four projects later, we start to see a much better understanding of the code. Overall, I would say, it’s very positive.”

Read the recent article featured in Crain’s New York Business, 9 of 10 Building Plans Fail Basic Test.

One of the main areas where buildings can miss the mark is in the exterior envelope.  Code requirements call for continuous insulation across all above grade opaque wall surfaces – including balconies and other structural penetrations must eliminate large thermal bridges.

We at Schock provide a solution with Isokorb® structural thermal breaks.

Isokorb® type CM at balcony / slab connection

Isokorb® type CM at balcony / slab connection

Read more about the NYC Energy Code Crackdown at:

NYC DOB NYCECC  http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/html/codes_and_reference_materials/nycecc_main.shtml

 

The article can be found at Crain’s New York Business

 


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