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.

DOE Halts Critical Energy Efficiency Standards

Apr 25, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Since his inauguration, President Trump’s administration has taken steps that prevent new energy efficiency standards, including those that affect products and equipment used in the building industry. The potential elimination of the ENERGY STAR program, a key program for promoting energy efficiency, has received a lot of press. We want to point out that other energy efficiency standards and programs are also at risk despite the fact that energy efficiency makes good economic sense in addition to benefiting the environment.


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.


What is the Future of ENERGY STAR and Energy Efficiency?

Apr 4, 2017 8:00:00 AM

The ENERGY STAR program, critical to energy efficiency gains, is in jeopardy. The program is one of the environmental and energy programs slated to be eliminated under President Trump’s 2018 Budget proposal. In addition to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the 25-year-old voluntary program has saved Americans billions of dollars in utility costs. Although most people are familiar with ENERGY STAR products, there are other critical components of ENERGY STAR that will also be lost if the program is eliminated.


San Francisco’s New Transportation Program Imposes Developer Requirements

Mar 7, 2017 8:00:00 AM

On February 17, 2017, San Francisco’s Mayor Lee approved the city’s progressive Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program. The TDM is designed to promote sustainability by requiring building developers to provide on-site amenities and incentives that encourage the use of public transportation and other alternatives to driving. It is critical for developers to understand the TDM Program’s requirements.


Update on Progressive California Energy Benchmarking Law

Feb 15, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Energy benchmarking is being adopted by a growing number of cities. Now, California will have the first statewide energy benchmarking program for both commercial and multi-family residential buildings. The legislation mandating the California program, California Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802), was passed in 2015. The California Energy Commission (Commission) is currently developing the rules that will implement California’s energy benchmarking program.