Free Sessions

Located in the Exhibit Hall - Booth 654.

These sessions are open to all BuildingsNY badge holders and do not qualify for CE Credits.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

NYC Codes and Guidelines
11:45am – 12:15pm
Timothy D. Lynch, P.E. NYC Department of Buildings

Timothy Lynch has been a Principal Engineer for over 25 years and is currently employed by the New York City Department of Buildings, as the Executive Director of the Forensic Engineering Unit as well as the Local Law/Façade and Concrete Enforcement Units. Some of the subjects presented and discussed will include how the city developed its present stock of 1 million buildings, and how our ever adapting regulatory authorities (not always the Building Department) developed codes and laws to govern them. Timothy will address data mining and research using the Departments web sites and the development of building codes, research tools, and typical repair options for buildings built in the 19th century.

New Requirements! Training Requirements for Underground Storage Tank Operators
12:30pm – 1:00pm
Amelia Janisz, Green Reviews, Inc.

The Energy Policy Act of 2005 placed new requirements on federal and state governments for underground storage tanks (USTs). One of these requirements is that New York must develop a training program for all UST operators. This means every building with a registered UST must have a designated Class A, B, and C operator. This session will discuss what this means to building owners and managers. Most importantly, all operators must be trained and certified by August 8, 2012.The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation will require UST operators to pass an International Code Council (ICC) exam specific to New York State. This session will address who can be designated as what type of operator and what the ICC exams include.

Sustainable Building Law Update
1:15pm – 1:45pm
Bruce Offner, Resource Dynamics / Green Building Education
Richard J. Sobelsohn, Esq., LEED AP EB O+M, Moses & Singer LLP.

In the world of sustainable building law, the number of parties involved in green buildings has increased. Each professional should be cognizant of what their duties, obligations and liabilities are in the new Sustainable Building Law world. This program explores the individual and collective role all sustainable building professionals play and how they can ultimately have a positive or catastrophic negative effect on a property's compliance with local laws and rating agency requirements. This session will take a look at the key rating systems and identify the challenges faced by owners, contractors, architects and other green professionals in designing, constructing and operating sustainable projects.

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Next Generation: Green Restroom Design
10:15 AM- 10:45 AM
Denis Gagnon, Excel Dryer

Next Generation Green Restroom Design (NGGRD) offers detailed and new information about sustainable restroom design and construction along with innovative products. Take a look at how high-efficiency hand dryers and plumbing fixtures can help reduce maintenance and costs while delivering the lowest environmental impact. This session defines a challenge and offers the solution with creating restrooms that need and use fewer precious resources by saving energy, paper, and water. NGGRD examines the critical issue of how new inventions, technologies and products can make restrooms clean and green while dramatically saving money as well as reducing the use of water, paper towels, and electricity. Learn ways to help facility managers save costs and achieve environmental benefits by researching, identifying, and select high-efficiency faucets, toilets, and hand dryers.

Energy and Construction Codes: Residential Hot Water Boilers
12:30pm – 1:00pm
Alexander Weiss P.E., P.C., Engineering Consultant

This session will address high efficiency water heating appliances including condensing boilers and installation requirements. Learn the building code requirements for installation of residential boilers, required compliance with NYC plumbing, mechanical and fuel gas codes. This includes taking a look at the boiler installation compliance with electrical code requirements for safe installation, operation, and maintenance of boilers. As well as review the boiler types available for heating and domestic hot water in residential buildings.

State of the NYC Real Estate Market
2:00pm – 2:30pm
James Nelson, Massey Knakal Realty Services

Join James Nelson as he discusses the current real estate market in NYC, focusing on the present drivers and historical trends of the investment sales market.  James will also provide an overview of pricing and velocity for the multifamily, rental, office, and hotel sectors.

Cash Incentives for Building Upgrades
2:45pm – 3:15pm
Leonardo Cutone, President & Founder, LC Associates

Explanation of various programs for NY Buildings including Energy Incentives, Curtailment, Cash Grants, and Utility Bill Auditing. Typical processes involved to obtain cash incentives. Real world examples for Commercial and Institutional Buildings. Understand the process of obtaining cash grants and incentives for their buildings. Learn how to avoid pitfalls associated with improperly submitting applications for cash grants to avoid forfeit of funds.

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