The Final Review

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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.

Key Steps to Support Battery Energy Storage System Adoption in NYC

Apr 18, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Burnham attended the NYC Solar Installers Workshop held on March 1, 2017. Battery energy storage systems were a major focus of the Sustainable CUNY of the City University of New York organized workshop, particularly fire safety concerns relating to batteries. Although there has been significant progress in removing obstacles to energy storage system deployment in in New York City, fire safety issues need to be fully understood and protocols developed to allow for an efficient battery installation process.


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

Dec 7, 2016 7:00:00 AM

New York City’s Mayor de Blasio signed legislation yesterday responding to a number of recent horrific New York City gas explosions.The blasts, resulting in deaths and injuries, brought to light some major problems with the city’s system for installing and inspecting gas connections. The ten new laws use a multifaceted approach to increasing the safety of New York City’s gas infrastructure.


Building Permits in New York City's Historic Districts

Nov 29, 2016 8:00:00 AM

New York City has 35,000 landmark properties and most are located in 139 historic districts and historic district extensions across the five boroughs. These properties also include individual, interior, and scenic landmarks. With that in mind, it is natural to wonder how to obtain permits for alterations and improvements in New York City’s historic buildings. We decided to dive into the details of New York City’s landmark preservation requirements and show how renovations in historic districts may receive approval.


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

Sep 27, 2016 8:00:00 AM

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory published a report in June 2016 that examines the resiliency value of pairing solar and storage. The report, New York Solar Smart DG Hub-Resilient Solar Project: Economic and Resiliency Impact of PV and Storage on New York Critical Infrastructure (Resilient PV and Storage Report), is based on a study jointly conducted by NREL and the City University of New York (CUNY). It is part of a larger initiative run by Sustainable CUNY, the NY Solar Smart Distributed Generation (DG) Hub - Resilient Solar Project. The Resilient PV and Storage Report makes the case for using solar combined with storage to provide resiliency in addition to reducing greenhouse gases and lowering energy costs.


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

Sep 15, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In October 2015, Hoboken, New Jersey published its Resilient Building Design Guidelines, intended to increase protection against flooding. Hoboken was severely flooded during Hurricane Sandy, and since that time, has been proactively working to design and build a more resilient city. In our recent post about President Obama’s initiative to promote resilient building codes to respond to climate change, we described a number of national programs supporting ways to mitigate climate change’s impact. We thought we would take a closer look at Hoboken’s Resilient Building Design Guidelines as an example of one program component of a city’s strategy to improve building resiliency.