Local Law 97 regulations in the City of New York require “Covered Buildings” to be upgraded and retrofitted if they are not energy efficient and exceed the allowable emissions. Building owners must seek solutions that are new and challenging. Numerous engineers, architects, and other specialists may recommend shortcuts to LL97 compliance that could cause serious problems and even consequences for non-compliance. Latitude Compliance offers a better way to improve your building and meet compliance requirements.

The Whole-Building Approach

Latitude Compliance specialists encourage clients not to think that there is only one solution to improve your building’s energy and emissions. The Whole Building Approach assesses each building’s specific needs. This approach creates a high-performance sustainable building where the entire building, including the building envelope and mechanical systems, works together in synergy to provide an efficient and healthy indoor environment that also reduces outdoor environmental impacts.

Think of building and operating a high-performance building as a system of interconnected systems, similar to the human body. All systems need to work together with the command center (the brain). When all systems work together, your building health is armored against all exterior and interior malignant intrusions and malfunctions. The health of your building has a greater impact on your daily performance and needs more attention than you may have originally thought. After all, the average American spends about 90% of their lives indoors.

Integrated Project Delivery (IPD)

The Whole Building Approach involves all building professionals and experts early in your project’s development. Designers and subcontractors should start communicating and collaborating together at the very beginning. This is called Integrated Project Delivery (IPD). It includes:

  • Roofing
  • Windows
  • Lighting
  • HVAC
  • Plumbing
  • Insulation
  • Building envelope retrofit/upgrades
  • More…

This approach ensures all trades are aware of each other’s work processes, limitations and schedules to seamlessly work together throughout the design, planning and construction phases until the building becomes operational. By working together, the project team shares goals and intent with improved coordination and open communication among professionals and stakeholders of a given project, ultimately reducing the number of misunderstandings, change orders and cost accelerations.

Get Help with LL97 Compliance in NYC

How can building owners and other stakeholders make this process happen? Latitude Compliance has the various specialists on our team to guide this entire process. We offer partial and comprehensive packages tailored to your building’s needs to guide you through all 13 phases to reach LL97 compliance and maintain it for the future.

Don’t fall for bad advice from a contractor or other person that guarantees a “quick fix” to LL97 compliance. The magic fix does not exist. For more information about Local Law 97, High Performance Buildings, IPD and overall educational information, feel free to email us at info@latitudecompliance.net or reach us at 929-349-7333. Let us help you reach compliance the right way. We can even help you find ways to finance your necessary LL97 modifications.

Posted on behalf of Latitude Compliance