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June 2011


June 23, 2011 | Posted by Daggan, Clinton | Permalink

Building rooftops constitute 11.5 percent of the overall surface area in New York City, or approximately 944.3 billion square feet, an entire extra borough.  Consequently, rooftops have an enormous impact on the environment of the city and on the economics of owning and developing real estate.  The following article was published in the New York Law Journal on June 20, 2011, and discusses tax incentives, grant programs, zoning allowances and other laws and initiatives enacted at the federal, state and local levels to encourage the installation of sustainable roofs.  The article also discusses the impacts that a sustainable roof can have on a project seeking certification with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ("LEED") program. 

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June 2, 2011 | Posted by Daggan, Clinton | Permalink

In 2009, the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) promulgated rules governing New York City's Asbestos Control Program, codified in Chapter 1 of Title 15 of the Rules of the City of New York, in order to improve the safety of asbestos abatement projects.  These rules (Subchapter C) establish new requirements for asbestos project notification, permitting and record keeping.  This post describes some of the amendments to these rules that were promulgated by DEP in February 2011.  In addition, this post describes the Environmental Control Board's proposed amendments to its Air Asbestos Penalty Schedule.

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