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What is an Alt CO in NYC

What is an Alt CO in NYC

A Certificate of Occupancy is a document the Department of Buildings issues describing the legal use and Occupancy of a building in New York City. If you are changing a building or home with alterations contradicting the Certificate of Occupancy, you must file an Alt...

Are Concrete Houses Safe?

Are Concrete Houses Safe?

Concrete homes are growing in popularity due to multiple factors, such as their design aesthetic, sustainability concerns, and durability. One of the primary advantages of a concrete house is its superior performance against hazards.    Are Concrete Houses Safe? A...

FISP Cycle 8 Local Law 11

FISP Cycle 8 Local Law 11

In New York City, the Façade Inspection & Safety Program (Local Law 11) sets requirements for inspecting buildings over six stories. These inspections operate on a schedule. The FISP Cycle determines when inspection reports are due for which buildings.   FISP...

What is a QEWI? – NYC FISP

What is a QEWI? – NYC FISP

In New York City, buildings over six stories must be inspected once every five years to ensure the public's safety. An architect or engineer authorized to perform this inspection type is called a QEWI.   What is a QEWI? A Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector or QEWI is a...

FISP Cycle 9 Local Law 11

FISP Cycle 9 Local Law 11

In New York City Façade Inspection & Safety Program (Local Law 11), sets requirements for the inspection of buildings over six stories. These inspections operate on a schedule. FISP Cycle determines when inspection reports are due for which buildings.   FISP...