The Final Review

Burnham’s Blog

The Final Review shares the knowledge of Burnham’s experts in building permit expediting and code compliance. Learn about different jurisdictional building permit requirements, and stay up-to-date on the Americans with Disabilities Act and local accessibility standards. Follow the latest in sustainability, including building energy codes and sustainability design developments.

Acquiring a Business Identification Sign Permit in the City of Chicago

A Guide to Chicago's Parking Regulations

ICYMI: Understanding the new Chicago MOPD Form

ADA turns 30: Celebrating the positive impact and its evolving role

World's Largest Starbucks Opening with a Boost from Burnham

Holiday Round-Up: 2019 Construction Moratoriums

Chicago Self Certification Classes Announced

Chicago: Self Certification Update -IDF/MDF/Server Rooms

Burnham's Christopher Chwedyk Contributes to New AIA Guidelines for Healthier, Resilient Building Codes

How the Modernized CBC Will Drive Your Projects

Dissecting the Modernized Chicago Building Code: Chapter 2

Dissecting the Modernized Chicago Building Code: Administrative Provision

NYC: New DOB Procedure

Illinois Legislatures Paving the Future

Building Safety Month Week Five: Innovations in Building Safety

Chicago: Good-bye Aldermanic Prerogative

Building Safety Month Week Four: Partners in Building Safety

What’s Wrong with This Picture? ADA Chapter 6 - Plumbing Series

Building Safety Month Week Three: Clean Water for All

Building Safety Month Week Two: Training & Education

Chicago Self Cert Updates

Building Safety: Preparing for Disasters

Building Safety Month 2019

How to Navigate San Francisco's Historic Resource Assessment (HRA)

Chicago Building Code Modernization; What's Next?

Burnham Nationwide Helps Bring More Lou's Deep Dish to the City

How to Pop-Up in Chicago

We're Back: Administrative Hearings

20 Years in the Making: City of Chicago Building Code Modernization

City of Chicago Building Code Change

Why Chicago? 2018 BOMA/Chicago Economic Impact Series Explores City’s Appeal

ADA Exit Door Signage: What's Wrong with this Picture?

Lincoln Yards Project First to Utilize North Branch Industrial Corridor Framework

Who Needs a Chicago Business License?

Changes to Sidewalk Cafe Permits in the City of Chicago

What’s Changing Under Denver’s Revised Green Roof Ordinance?

City of Chicago Implements New Illinois Accessibility Code

Winter Wrap-Up: 2018 Holiday Construction Moratoriums

New Illinois Accessibility Code Now in Effect

Open House Chicago 2018: Photos from This Year's Sites

EPA Proposed Rules:  Dust-Lead Hazard and Lead-Based Paint

Proposed Ordinance Would Relax Chicago’s High-Rise Signage Rules

2018 Illinois Energy Conservation Code Preview: Residential Buildings

Historic Preservation: 2018 “Chicago Seven” Features Jackson Park,Thompson Center

2018 Illinois Energy Conservation Code Preview: Commercial Buildings

Open House Chicago 2018 to Feature New Neighborhoods, Unique Spaces

Looking Ahead to the 2018 Illinois Energy Conservation Code

Project Drawdown: Bamboo’s Quick Growth Sequesters More Carbon than Trees

Though Bike Use is Growing, United States Cities Lack in Infrastructure

New Federal Legislation to Increase Inclusionary Zoning

Global Rooftop Solar Brings Clean, Economical Energy Access

New York City’s Solar Incentives Prioritize Drawdown's Rooftop Solar Solution

Hong Kong Cityscape: 10 Things to Notice

Studio Gang’s Vista Tower Continues to Rise on Chicago’s Lakefront

Denver Bans “Slot Home” Design to Prioritize Human-Scale Development

The Need for Affordable Living: Rethinking Public Housing

Cook County Hospital Redevelopment Promises New Life for Storied Building

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms in 2018

Drawdown: Increase Mass Transit Use to Fight Global Warming, Promote Healthier Cities

A Look at Ongoing ADA Title III Litigation: Kohl’s Department Stores

FREESPACE: Generosity at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale

More than Solar: California’s Ambitious Net Zero Energy Building Goals

EPA Soon to Propose New Standards for Lead-Based Paint & Dust-Lead Hazards

Drawdown 2018 EcoChallenge Makes Climate Solutions Accessible

Recent New York State Changes to Increase Energy Efficiency and Storage

Key Techniques to Simplify Multi-Site Expansions

Understanding California’s New Energy Benchmarking Regulations

Child-Friendly Urban Planning Creates More Resilient Cities

Esperanza Health’s New Brighton Park Location Unites Needed Services with New Design

All Building Uses Benefit from Retrofitting Savings, Positive Environmental Impact

The Overlooked Benefits of District Energy Systems

New York City Adopts Laws to Increase Energy Efficiency

Vibrant Cities Lab: A Map for Accessible, Equitable Urban Forestry

Amendments to Title III: Is the ADA Being Gutted?

Merchandise Mart Illumination, Largest in US, Begins Sept. 29th

Drawdown: Cities Must Mandate Living Roofs to Fight Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Controversial California Legislation to Increase Transit Oriented Development

Beyond Recycling: Creating a Circular Economy for the Built Environment

NYC DOB 2018 Process Updates and Drawing Requirements

Call for Architects to Increase Chicago Sustainability

Update: Status of New Federal Energy Conservation Standards

Ambitious Urban Re-greening Fights Emissions, Heat Islands

Updated: New Illinois Accessibility Code is In Effect

Efficient Water Distribution Essential to Fight Against Carbon Emissions, Water Scarcity

Chicago Department of Buildings: New Structural Peer Review Program Rules

Rethinking Cement: Key to Lowering Greenhouse Gases

New Limits for New York City After-Hours Construction Noise

Car Bans, Congestion Pricing Plans Target City Traffic

Bike Infrastructure Key to Healthier Cities, Reduced Emissions

Preparing for Reductions in Air Conditioning’s Global Warming Potential

2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Focused on Chicago's Past, Design's Future

Introducing Burnham Nationwide’s Climate Change Drawdown Series

Mansueto High School Construction Brings Local Options to Brighton Park

NextGrid: Modernizing Illinois’ Electrical Grid

What to Know About the Self-Certification Program in Chicago

Groundbreaking California Law to Reduce Construction Materials’ Carbon Footprint

What Does Denver’s Progressive New Green Roof Ordinance Require?

The Building Industry’s Link to Climate Change: Northwestern’s 2017 Symposium

Commonly Overlooked ADA Bathroom Requirements

Nationwide Experience Drives Solutions During Pep Boys Multi-Site Expansion

Last Call for Construction: 2017 Holiday Construction Moratoriums

Chicago Energy Benchmarking: New Disclosure Requirements

BOMA/Chicago Economic Trends Report: Chicago a Magnet for Relocation

The Quest for Affordable Housing: Chicago Adopts New Developer Requirements

Open House Chicago: An Inside Look at the City's Iconic Architecture

Trump’s Deregulation Efforts: How’s it Going?

River Edge Ideas Lab: Growing Chicago’s Second Waterfront

How Will California’s New Affordable Housing Laws Impact Developers?

New York City Takes Bold Steps to Meet Paris Climate Agreement Goals

Urban Farming: Benefits and Zoning Challenges

Are You Complying with the ADA’s Handrail Requirements?

The Three Different Types of Chicago Plan Reviews

Los Angeles’ New Comprehensive Energy Benchmarking Program is Under Way

Denver’s Development Strategies Focus on Sustainability, Population Growth

Lead-Based Paint RRP in Public and Commercial Buildings: Where Does it Stand?

Behind the Scenes of the Willis Tower’s $500 Million Renovation

Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge Promotes Sustainable Savings

Urbanism Strategies for Walkable and Resilient Cities

Building Façades: New San Francisco Requirements

New York City Zoning: Major Changes for East Midtown Manhattan

Re-examining Residential High-Rise Sprinklers: Where Does Chicago Stand?

ReUrbanism and Hidden Benefits of Old Buildings

Resilience Strategies in Chicago and Beyond: CMAP’s Comprehensive Plan

Changes to Denver’s Permit Processes Promote Efficiency

Renovation Expands and Restores the Theater on the Lake

Promoting Energy Efficiency: the Better Buildings Initiative

San Jose Debuts New Digital Processing System for Permit Submittals

Evolving Colorado Construction Defect Laws: Latest Critical Changes

New San Francisco Affordable Housing Incentives: Density Bonuses

1,100 Ft. Wilshire Grand Tower Nears Completion in Los Angeles

Vista Tower Cleared to Rise to Supertall Status

Accessible Design: Chicago Adopts New Disability Rights Regulations

Endangered Buildings: Preservation Advocacy Across US Cities

Improving Health and Well-Being: the Well Building Standard

A Cultural Hub on Chicago’s Second Waterfront

Bridging the Gap Between Have and Need at Chicago’s “Giving Factory”

Exploring 2017’s Most Endangered Historic Places in Illinois

Critical Revisions to the Chicago Sustainable Development Policy

High to Low: Adaptive Reuse in Pursuit of Urban Parkland

Avoiding Costly Delays with a Multi-Unit Residential Building Code Analysis

Designing a Resilient City of the Future: Chicago Thrives!

ConvergenceLA Installation Celebrates Past & Future of Los Angeles

DOE Halts Critical Energy Efficiency Standards

Supporting “The Best Show Ever” as Cavalia Returns to Chicago

Key Steps to Support Battery Energy Storage System Adoption in NYC

Place and Space: the Chicago Architecture Biennial

New Chicago Rules Regarding Building Permit Privilege Suspension

The Changing Landscape of Chicago’s Fulton Market District

What is the Future of ENERGY STAR and Energy Efficiency?

ADA Requirements for Protruding Objects: What is Wrong with This Picture?

Target Store Renovations Blend Construction with Changing Consumer Habits

Integrating Health into the Chicago Building Code

Los Angeles Construction Moratorium Ballot Initiative Defeated: Measure S

San Francisco’s New Transportation Program Imposes Developer Requirements

Laying the Groundwork for the Willis Tower Redevelopment

Impact of Two-for-One Executive Order on ADA Title III

Update on Progressive California Energy Benchmarking Law

San Francisco Law to Increase Buildings’ Disability Access

Chicago Department of Buildings Takes Steps to Prevent Building Code Violations

University’s Innovative Approach to Resiliency: IIT’s Microgrid

Are You Compliant With the ADA’s Ramp Requirements?

Essential Guide to ADA Title III Enforcement: Private Party Lawsuits

Spotlight on Chicago’s New River Point

Mayor de Blasio Signs Laws to Prevent New York City Gas Explosions

Essential Guide to ADA Title III Enforcement: DOJ’s Role

Building Permits in New York City's Historic Districts

Community Solar Best Practices: IREC Model Rules for Shared Renewables

Navigating Public Way Use Permits in the City of Chicago

Burnham Assists With Exciting Improvements to San Francisco’s AMC Metreon Theater

2016 Holiday Construction Moratoriums Across the Country

What is New Jersey’s Proactive Approach to Solar Energy?

Helping to Preserve Chicago Architecture: The Kimpton Gray Hotel

Construction Sites and EPA’s Changing Small MS4 General Permit Rule

More California Cities Moving to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Removing Barriers to Affordable Housing: Housing Development Toolkit

Will Massachusetts’ New Energy Law Benefit Solar?

Burnham Supports Our Client’s Ability to Expand its Financial Services in New Communities

Troubled Towers: San Francisco’s Sinking Millennium Tower is Not Alone

The 2018 International Energy Conservation Code: A Rollback of Energy Efficiency Gains?

The Economic and Resiliency Value of Pairing Solar and Storage: New York City

Wilshire Grand Sets the Standard for Architectural Design in Los Angeles

Creating a More Resilient City: Hoboken’s Microgrid

A Look at Hoboken, New Jersey’s Resilient Building Design Guidelines

Accessibility Guidelines for Pedestrian Facilities in the Public Right-of-Way: When Will They be Finalized?

Updated New York City Energy Conservation Code

Creating Resilient Building Codes to Respond to Climate Change

ADA Restroom Requirements: What is Wrong with This Picture?

Understanding the Building Permit Process in Los Angeles

Burnham Uses a Unique Approach to Expedite Permits for Fusion Academy

Denver’s Arapahoe Square Zoning Changes Using Form-Based Zoning

Burnham Nationwide Handles Pro Bono Project for Elderly Palos Park, IL Resident

Gender-Neutral Bathrooms: Code Conflicts?

Solar Suitability Analysis Brings Solar Mapping to Minnesota

Burnham Helps the Show Go On at Lincoln Center

Draft Amendments to the Illinois Accessibility Code

Burnham Nationwide Plays an Integral Part in the United Center’s Relationship with the City of Chicago

Overview of Chicago Transit-Oriented Development

Streamlining New York City Building Permits: DOB Now

How Burnham Supported Chicago’s Newest Riverfront Development: River Point

The Latest Installment of the Online Guide to the ADA Standards

Burnham Expedites Construction of Los Angeles’ Newest Iconic Building: the Wilshire Grand Center

Expediting the Use of Structural Glass in Chicago

The 2016 NY Solar Summit: Resiliency and Solar with Energy Storage (Part II)

The 2016 NY Solar Summit: NY Solar Map and Community Solar (Part I)

Burnham Nationwide Helped Portillo’s Meet Critical Deadlines

A Misunderstood Area of ADA Compliance: Existing Facilities

Illinois Accessibility Law: Critical Changes to the Environmental Barriers Act

Cook County Solar Map: Bringing Community Solar to Illinois

Expediting Permits in Denver: WeWork Comes to the Mile High City

Sidewalk Accessibility: Proposed Standards for Sidewalk Smoothness

Understanding the Solarize Community Solar Programs in New York City and State

How Daniel Burnham and the 1893 Columbian Exposition Influence Innovation at Burnham Nationwide

Green Building Ratings: the Living Building Challenge

NABCEP Certifications for Solar Installers

Historic Zoning Changes: New York City Zoning for Quality and Affordability

What You Need to Know About Tent Permits in Chicago

Approval for NYC Commercial-Scale Energy Storage Paired with Solar

The Proposed Illinois Criminal Building Management Offense

New York City and State Innovative Solar Maps

ADA Door Requirements: What's Wrong with this Picture?

Regulating Distributed Energy Storage

ADA Building Requirements for Elevators

Six Things to Know About Building Permits in San Francisco

What You Need to Know About the Department of Buildings in New York City

Illinois Net Metering Update: the Journey of an Illinois Rule

Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Update

Tucson Electric Power’s Utility-Owned Residential Solar Program

Improved Fire Code Guidelines for New York City Solar Installers

The BurnhamEYE: a Key Tool for Arizona Public Service’s Rooftop Solar Program

Arizona Public Service Leading the Way with Utility-Owned Distributed Solar

What You Need to Know About Building Permits in Denver

Solar Gets a Boost in Oregon

ADA Shower Requirements: We Answer Your Questions

5 Things You Should Know About Hotel Building Permits in Chicago

New York City Solar Permits in Special Flood Hazard and Wetland Areas

How Modular Construction is Breaking New Ground

4 Common New York City Building Code Violations and How to Remove Them

Everyman’s Guide to the Clean Power Plan Litigation: Part II

How Much Should You Budget for Building Permits?

Everyman’s Guide to the Clean Power Plan Litigation: Part I

Why You Shouldn't Ignore California ADA Requirements

A Closer Look at ComEd’s Microgrid in Bronzeville, Chicago

Avoid Costly Mistakes in the Los Angeles Building Permit Process With our Advice

4 Things to Know About Building Permits in New York City

Utility-Led Rooftop Solar: Expanding to Texas

The Energy System of the Future: A Look at Minnesota’s e21 Initiative

5 Things to Know About Building Permits in Los Angeles

Pairing Solar and Energy Storage: Con Edison’s Clean Virtual Power Plant

Need a Permit in Los Angeles? Start with these Important Areas

NYC Fire Code: Barriers to Installing Solar

4 Simple Solutions to Ensure Project Success in Denver

A Model for Expediting Solar Permits: Long Island Unified Solar Permit Initiative

Expediting Rooftop Solar Interconnections

Utility-Led Distributed Solar in 2016: The Evolving Utility

Chicago and the International Building Code

Guide to Expediting Solar Permits With NYC Professional Certification

5 Ways to Overcome Building Code Violations

The Solar Ombudsmen Part II: Expanding Their Successful Approach to Solar in New York State

Should Chicago adopt the ICC's International Building Code (IBC)?

4 Reasons Why You Need an ADA Compliance Review

A Progressive Approach to Solar in New York: The Solar Ombudsmen Part 1

5 Ways to Speed Up the Building Permit Process

California Fire Code 2015: What You Need to Know

8 Must Have ADA Elevator Requirements to Get Your Building up to Code

9/11 Remembered by a Tom Walsh Who Saw It All

Chicago Permit Processes and 2018 Program Updates

Burnham at InterSolar 2015!

ADA Bathroom Requirements You Might Not Know

California Fire Code Requirements See Change

Cook County Adopts New Codes; What About Chicago?

A Look at the 2010 ADA Parking Requirements

Commissioning Confusion and the New Illinois Energy Conservation Code

Why Use Green Construction Materials and Methods?

Energy Code Alert

Self-Storage Facilities and the Impact of ADA Building Guidelines

How Burnham Began, Our Story

In Case of Fire - Use Elevators: Promoting Elevator-Assisted Evacuation

CDOT Holiday Moratorium

To Swing or Not to Swing?

Are Open Stairs Permitted in Chicago?