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Buildings Commissioner LiMandri cools a roof in Long Island City.

On Tuesday May 11, Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri joined Chief Service Officer Diahann Billings-Burford, New York City Housing Authority Commissioner Margarita Lopez, and representatives from Con Edison and the City University of New York's LaGuardia Community College to launch NYC °Cool Roofs, an innovative program to reduce cooling costs, energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions by applying reflective, white coating to rooftops. NYC °Cool Roofs aims to cool 1 million square feet of rooftop in 2010. The program supports New York City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent by 2030.

The Buildings Department, in partnership with NYC Service and the Community Environmental Center (CEC), will coordinate roof-cooling projects on both city-owned and private properties throughout the city, focusing efforts on neighborhoods with above-average energy costs.

NYC °Cool Roofs launched as a pilot program in September 2009 when Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and former Vice President Al Gore kicked off a pilot program in Long Island City, Queens, a neighborhood where roof temperatures are higher than the citywide average. During the pilot, teams of volunteers coated 100,000 square feet of rooftop.

Learn more about NYC °Cool Roofs at

Summerizing Your Home

As temperatures increase, millions of New Yorkers are spending more time outdoors and running their air-conditioning units indoors, and therefore, it is important to have all building facades and outdoor structures secured in a safe and lawful manner. The Department recommends the following tips to summerize your home:

  • Make sure pools are in good condition.
  • Check condition and installation of air-conditioning units.
  • Check windows and doors for drafts.
  • Make sure to hire a licensed professional.
  • Additional tips for decks, porches and pools can be found on the Department's website at

    Service Updates
    LAA Express Application
    The Department now offers same day work authorization
    for certain Limited Alteration Application (LAA) plumbing work. Applicants seeking same day authorization must use the new LAA Express Application (LAA1E).
    Learn more

    NYC Energy Code
    On July 1, 2010, the New York City Energy Conservation
    Code (NYCECC) becomes effective. The NYCECC is more stringent than the state energy code and applies to all new building and alteration projects filed on or after July 1, 2010.

    Complex Abatement Projects
    To allow flexibility in phasing of
    complex abatement projects, applicants may request a variance from DEP to allow the issuance of a DOB permit before completion of abatement activities.
    Learn more

    Permits that Exclude Concrete Operations
    The Department has revised
    the permitting process and the PW2 Form to allow permits for non-concrete operations to be issued prior to fulfilling concrete-related requirements.
    Learn more
    How to Obtain a Permit that Excludes Concrete Operations

    Filing Representative Registration Renewal
    Filing Representative
    registrations expire June 30, 2010. The Department is now accepting renewal applications.
    Learn more

    Keep reading Buildings News for new information and updates.

    Learn How to Go Green

    HPD Green Owners' Forum
    June 15, 2010

    Want to learn more about the City's green initiatives? Come to a Green Owners' Forum hosted by the Department of Housing Preservation and Development to meet with representatives from City agencies and local non-profits. Buildings Department experts will be on hand to discuss ways to go green and new programs at the Department that encourage sustainable living. The forum will be held:

    June 15, 2010
    7:00pm - 8:30pm
    Central Queens YM & YWHA
    67-09 108 Street
    Forest Hills, NY

    Did You Know... that there are many benefits to installing a cool roof? Cool Roofs help lower cooling costs, extend the lifetime of the roof, lower the urban heat island effect, and lower air pollution among other positive impacts. Visit to learn more about Cool Roofs.
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    June 9, 2010