The Final Review

Burnham’s Blog and Knowledge Center

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.


ComEd’s Proposed Microgrids Eliminated From New Illinois Energy Law

Dec 20, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Early in 2016, it appeared that Illinois’ largest utility, Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) might be on the brink of creating a number of microgrid pilot programs. The microgrids would have incorporated distributed energy generation, including solar. However, the recently signed Illinois energy law, the Future Energy Jobs bill, removed the likelihood of such development. Although an important law for renewable energy, the final version of the legislation eliminated ComEd’s ability to recover the cost of the proposed microgrids.


Community Solar Best Practices: IREC Model Rules for Shared Renewables

Nov 22, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Community solar or shared renewable energy programs are a growing market for renewable energy.These programs are an important vehicle for expanding access to clean energy because one can participate in the benefits of renewable energy without locating the energy source on one’s property. Models for implementing shared renewable energy programs are still evolving because such programs are relatively new and pose regulatory and policy issues. We thought we would look at a well-developed program framework, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council’s (IREC) Model Rules for Shared Renewable Energy Programs.


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

Nov 8, 2016 8:00:00 AM

New Jersey is one of the top states for solar energy. A major reason for New Jersey’s solar leadership is its strong Clean Energy Program that started in 2001.The Clean Energy Program includes a progressive Renewable Portfolio Standard and the use of Solar Renewable Energy Certificates. We thought we would take a closer look at these components of New Jersey’s solar energy initiatives.


More California Cities Moving to 100 Percent Renewable Energy

Oct 25, 2016 8:00:00 AM

In September, Los Angeles made the news with its commitment to pursue a 100 percent renewable energy goal. Although Los Angeles is not the first California city to set such a target, there is considerable variation in the way cities are planning to reach their renewable energy goals. We thought we would highlight some of the California municipalities looking to completely move to clean energy and compare how they are working towards implementing their plans.