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Designers from 28 Countries Sign Up for urbanSHED

More than 270 designers from around the world have registered for the urbanSHED International Design Competition. The competition seeks to develop a new standard of sidewalk shed design that improves the pedestrian experience while maintaining or exceeding the required safety standards in New York City.

The registration period has ended, and proposals must be submitted no later than 5 pm today. Nearly 20% of the registrants live outside the United States, including Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Russia, Serbia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan and the United Kingdom.

The competition, which was launched on August 13, is being sponsored by DOB, AIANY, Alliance for Downtown New York, ABNY Foundation, Illuminating Engineering Society New York City Section (IESNYC), and New York Building Congress with additional support from the NYC Department of Transportation (DOT), NYC Department of City Planning (DCP) and the Structural Engineers Association of New York (SEAoNY).


DOB Issues More than 1,000 Smoking Violations

The Department of Buildings has issued more than 1,000 violations for illegal smoking at construction sites throughout the City. The new citywide enforcement initiative began last September as another way to improve safety on construction sites and prevent hazardous conditions.

As of September 17, the Departmentís construction units have issued a total of 1,009 ECB violations to contractors for failing to post no-smoking signs, evidence of smoking refuse and workers smoking. The members of the Buildings Enforcement Safety Team (BEST) issued 417 smoking violations in the past year, the most of any DOB unit.

The most violations were issued in Manhattan with 475, followed by Brooklyn with 261, Queens with 158, the Bronx with 84 and Staten Island with 31. As a result, more than $2 million in penalties has been imposed. In June 2009, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg signed two laws that prohibit smoking on construction sites and prohibit tobacco, lighters, and matches at asbestos abatement work sites.

These laws stem from the 33 recommendations of the Working Group convened by Deputy Mayor Edward Skyler to increase safety at construction, demolition and abatement sites following the tragic fire at 130 Liberty St. in Manhattan. A discarded cigarette ignited the August 2007 fire that led to the death of two New York City firefighters.

New Asbestos Abatement Requirements
On October 13, new requirements for filing asbestos abatement documents become effective.

On this date, the Buildings Department (DOB) will no longer accept the asbestos abatement form (ACP7) for projects involving 1,000

square or linear feet and greater of asbestos containing material on any floor.

For projects of this size, applicants must submit the ACP7 to the new Asbestos Technical Review Unit (A-TRU) at the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). This unit includes staff from both DOB and DEP and is now responsible for the review and permitting of asbestos abatement projects.

For projects involving less than 1,000 square or linear feet of asbestos containing material on any floor, DOB will accept the ACP7, provided that it is prepared through DEPís new Asbestos Reporting and Tracking System (ARTS). Applicants can also submit the ACP7 to DEP.

Visit the Construction, Demolition and Abatement section of DOB's website for more information on these new rules and filing requirements.

New Requirements
As of October 1, several new requirements are now in effect, including new forms and certification for Class C HMO licenses.

Visit the "Service Notices & Fact Sheets" page in the News and Services section of our website to learn about these new requirements.
Service Updates
Safety Registration
To accommodate the anticipated volume of safety
registration applicants in the upcoming weeks, the deadline to obtain a Safety Registration Number has been extended to December 1.

NYC Welder Licenses
Beginning November 1, applicants seeking a NYC

welder license must provide proof of welder certification from either the New York State Department of Transportation or the American Welding Society. The city Welder Exam, administered by the Department of Citywide Administrative Services, will no longer be offered. View our FAQs and "How to Become a NYC Licensed Welder" fact sheet for more details.


Facade Safety Program
To assist owners with their facade inspection reports,
the Department has developed guides outlining how to prepare these reports and reviewing common mistakes that are made.
Buildings Bulletin 2009-016
On September 1, the Department issued Buildings
Bulletin 2009-016 which requires that applications to alter horizontal street curb alignments be reviewed by the NYC Department of Transportation.
Holiday Closure
The Department will be closed on Monday, October 12 in
observance of Columbus Day.

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On September 24, Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri joined Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Vice President Al Gore to launch NYC Cool Roofs, a NYC Service initiative to mobilize volunteers to coat the rooftops of participating buildings with reflective, white coating to reduce cooling costs, energy usage and greenhouse emissions.

A cool roof absorbs 80 percent less heat than traditional dark colored roofs and can lower roof temperatures by up to 60 degrees and indoor temperatures by 10 to 20 degrees on hot days. The decrease in temperature reduces the need for air conditioning, lowering electric bills and reducing energy consumption. Coating all eligible dark rooftops in New York City could result in up to a 1 degree reduction of New York Cityís ambient air temperature Ė a significant and lasting change towards cooling the City.

From September 24 to October 9, teams of volunteers will coat 100,000 square feet of rooftop across Long Island City, a neighborhood that exhibits higher temperatures than the citywide average due to the amount of industrial rooftops in the area.

Visit the Sustainability section of DOB's website to learn more about sustainable initiatives.

Did You Know... that eight new update pages for the 2008 Construction Code are available on our website for you to download, print, and insert into your hard copy book? These pages reflect all modifications made to the Construction Codes since July 2008. The hardcopy version of the code book is not complete without the insertion of these updates.
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October 2, 2009