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Environmental Engineering Solutions, PC is doing our part to keep everyone healthy and safe during this COVID 19 Pandemic. Our team of engineers and staff are available to handle any concerns or problems that facilities are facing. We are providing critical services and as needed engineering services to the hospitals, universities, and all other facilities to deal with this pandemic situation as follows:
•  Temporary tent permitting, emergency generators associated with the tents.
•  Controlled Inspections.
•  FDNY Notification.
•  Contacting DOB Commissioner to secure emergency permits.


In addition, we are making every effort to ensure that our clients regulatory compliance needs are met, and not compromised during this challenging time as per the following regulatory compliance tasks: •  SPCC plans.
•  Virtual SPCC Training.
•  Pre DEC inspection checks.
•  Assisting with DEC violation removal remotely.
•  DOB permit renewals/initiating includes after hour permit.
•  DOB job filling including CADD drawings.
•  Form preparation PAA.
•  DOE Applications.
•  DEP renewals for Boilers and Generators.
•  Updating the data in both city and state Health Departments for Cooling Tower Compliance.
•  NYSDEC applications for all kinds of facilities (Title V, State and Minor source). This includes new facilities,
   permit renewals or modifications.
•  Submitting Green House Gas reports to EPA Via e-GGRT portal.
•  Submitting Compliance reports to State (ACR, SACR & QCR’s).
•  Preparing Compliance reports for the facility’s review/records (AVR’s).
•  Submitting Annual Emissions Statements (AES’s).
•  Emissions Calculations and Facility Wide Emissions Inventory calculations.
•  Coordination with clients/agency.
•  Assisting with the violation removals issued by the state and federal agencies such as DEC, DOB, DEP, FDNY and so on.

Please reach out to us at (914) 788-4165 or via E-Mail at michelle@eespc.com if you have any questions or concerns.

Wishing continued good health to you and your families.

NYC LL:97 - WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR COMPLIANCE AND POTENTIAL FINES

Overview:

On May 18 th , the City of New York enacted Local Law 97 of 2019 (LL 97). It is a most ambitious climate legislation for buildings enacted by any city in the world. It places all buildings on a path to meet the city’s goal to reduce overall carbon emissions by 80% by 2050.

Applicability:

Buildings represent nearly 70% of those emissions. In passing this new legislation, approximately 50,000 existing residential and commercial buildings are affected. Hospitals and Health Care facilities, Universities and Colleges, Research Institutions, Real estate properties (co-op/condos/buildings, Hotels, Storage facilities, schools, Assemblies, any and all Structures having foot prints in excess of 25,000 SF are subject to LL 97.

Timeline:

A 40% percent reduction in citywide emissions is required by 2030, and 80% reduction by 2050. Two (2) periods of compliance such as 2024-2029 and 2030-2034 have been structured. Applicable buildings must submit an emissions intensity report on May 1 st of each year, starting from 2025. The emissions report must be stamped by a design professional.

Penalties:

NYC has set steep fines for buildings that are not in compliance. Non-compliance buildings must pay $268 per metric ton (MT of CO2 eq) of carbon footprint exceeding the threshold, annually.

EES Expertise, Capabilities and Preparedness:

EES is a nationally renowned engineering firm, with in depth knowledge in energy, environmental, health and safety, regulatory code compliance, specifically those that are enforced by the NYC Agencies. We are extremely fluent with the precursors (benchmarks) of Local Laws such as LL 84 and LL 87 that have led to the current LL 97. We have prepared several in-house proprietary software and spreadsheets (protocols and checklists) in order to assist the facilities for timely compliance. Our licensed design professionals are already assisting many NYC facilities in this regard.

Compliance Goal, Mission, and our Approach:

Our goal is to help the facilities to maintain environmental and economic sustainability by reducing energy, Greenhouse Gas Emissions and ultimately Global Warming. Preservation of our natural resources are the effects of reduced carbon footprint. Our compliance methodology will help achieve all of the above, including the economic sustainability by the way of saving hundreds of thousands of dollars in penalties. Earlier you initiate compliance effort, better chances that you would achieve economic benefit.

EES Contact:

Please contact Dr. Rengasamy Kasinathan. PhD., PE., MBA., DEE., LEED Green Associate or Michelle Hanks at (914) 788-4165, or info@eespc.com for assistance with the LL 97.

Ref: https://www1.nyc.gov/assets/buildings/local_laws/ll97of2019.pdf

LL87: Energy Audits & Retro-Commissioning

What is LL87?

Local Law 87 (LL87) mandates that buildings over 50,000 sq. ft undergo periodic energy audit and retro-commissioning measures as part of the Greener, Greater Buildings Plan (GGBP). The intent of this law is to inform building owners of their energy consumption through energy audits, which are surveys and analyses of energy use, and retro-commissioning, the process of ensuring correct equipment installation and performance.

Ref: LL87

In addition to benchmarking annual energy and water consumption (LL84), energy audits and retro-commissioning will give building owners a much more robust understanding of their buildings’ performance, eventually shifting the market towards increasingly efficient, high-performing buildings.
It is important to note that this law is completely different from upcoming LL97 – which focuses on greenhouse Gas Emissions – compliance dates start from 1/1/2023.

Ref: LL97
Requirements:

In summary, LL87’s energy audit and retro-commissioning process requires the following:
1. Determine if a building needs to comply, and what year it is due.
2. Conduct an energy audit and retro-commissioning of base building systems and complete an Energy Efficiency Report (EER) electronically.
3. Submit the EER once every ten years to the City by December 31.

Is your Building Covered?

Below table shows the submittal dates based on the last digit of the tax block number of the building.

Year first EER is due 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Last digit of tax block number 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2

The year you must comply with LL87 and submit your EER to the City is determined by the last digit of your tax block number. For example, a property with the tax block number of "5" is due to file their EER by December 31, 2015.

For details, please refer to LL87 Covered Building

Compliance Assistance:

A property is listed only if a single building on a single lot is over 50,000 sq. ft, or multiple buildings on a single lot combined are over 100,000 sq. ft. Non-compliant facilities are subject to penalties. Please contact EES or (914) 788-4165 if you need assistance with the LL 87.

NY State Public Health Law section 225(5)(a)

Registration

All owners of cooling towers shall register such towers with the department within 30 days after the effective date (8/17/2015) of this Part. Thereafter, all owners of cooling towers shall register such towers with the department prior to initial operation, and whenever any owner of the cooling tower changes.


Culture sample collection and testing; cleaning and disinfection

Within 30 days of the effective date of this Part, unless such culture testing has been obtained within 30 days prior to the effective date of this Part, and shall take immediate actions in response to such testing, including interpreting Legionella culture results, if any. All owners shall ensure that all cooling towers are cleaned and disinfected when shut down for more than five days.


Inspection and Certification

(a) Inspection. All owners of cooling towers shall inspect such towers within 30 days of the effective date of this Part, unless such tower has been inspected within 30 days prior to the effective date of this Part. Thereafter, owners shall ensure that all cooling towers are inspected at intervals not exceeding every 90 days while in use.

(b) Certification. Each year, the owner of a cooling tower shall obtain a certification stating that such cooling tower was inspected, tested, cleaned, and disinfected in compliance with this Part, that the condition of the cooling tower is appropriate for its intended use, and that a maintenance program and plan has been developed and implemented as required by this Part. Such certification shall be obtained by November 1, 2016, and by November 1 of each year thereafter. Such certification shall be reported to the department.

NYC Department of Buildings Commissioner Order
We can help you register the cooling towers, fluid coolers and evaporative condensers and stay in compliance.

DER-40 / Operator Training

Not later than October 11, 2016, every facility must ensure that it has designated Class A,Class B, and Class C Operators for the UST systems. Every facility must designate:
1. One Class A and one Class B Operator for each UST system or group of UST systems (thesame individual may be designated as both)
2. One or more Class C Operators for each UST system or group of UST systems
Every facility must ensure Class A, Class B, and Class C Operators meet the requirements. Anyindividual designated for more than one operator class must pass the required exam for eachoperator class in which the individual is designated. Each designated Class A and B Operators must pass an exam acceptable to the Department thatmeasures knowledge of the purpose, methods, and function of the requirements of this Part(DER-40).

DER-40

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