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Sustainability Boards

Innovation Review Board (IRB)
Under Local Law 5 of 2010, the Innovation Review Board (IRB) will (i) review specific projects that propose to employ new technologies, design or construction techniques, materials or products, (ii) review proposals for approval of and to initiate reviews of such of new technologies, design or construction techniques, materials or products in order to determine their environmental and sustainability benefits, (iii) make recommendations as to under what conditions and for what purposes each may be appropriately employed in New York city, and (iv) streamline approvals of specific innovative projects.

Buildings Sustainability Board (BSB)
The Buildings Sustainability Board (BSB) reviews and evaluates new "green" technologies not addressed in the New York City Construction Code and makes technical recommendations for their application within New York City.

Technologies reviewed by the Sustainability Boards

Wind Turbine – Wind turbine technology is recognized under the acceptance criteria published in Buildings Bulletin 2011-004.

Energy Storage Batteries – The IRB determined that lead acid and valve regulated lead acid battery technology used for energy storage is recognized in the 2008 NYC Construction Codes and may be used as prescribed in the Mechanical Code. Other energy storage battery technology will be reviewed by the IRB. Contact OTCR@buildings.nyc.gov for more information.

Composting Toilets – The IRB will review the use of composting toilets on a site-specific basis. Please complete an OTCR2 application form to initiate the process.

Water Recycling – Water recycling technology is recognized under the acceptance criteria published in Buildings Bulletin 2010-027.

Solid Fuel Cooking Ovens – Cooking ovens using solid fuel must comply with the Mechanical Code and the DEP rules. Contact OTCR@buildings.nyc.gov for application instructions.

Temporary Construction Lighting – IRB is currently studying the use of energy efficient temporary construction lighting.

Phase Change Material – Phase Change Material is recognized under the acceptance criteria published in Buildings Bulletin 2013-18.

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