NYC Code Update: A Preview of the Upcoming Code Revision

Date: November 20, 2019 5:30pm
Location: SGH New York
sgh nyc

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
550 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10018

5:30 - 6:00 p.m. Registration & Refreshments
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Presentation & Discussion
7:00 - 7:30 p.m. Cocktail Reception

aiaParticipants will earn 1.0 AIA CES Learning Unit (LU/HSW) for their attendance.



The New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB), as part of adopting the 2008 NYC construction code, committed to regular code updates using recommendations issued by the International Code Council (ICC). The 2014 code is currently in effect and NYC DOB is now in the end stages of producing the new 2020 code. Although the updated bill is still pending, significant proposed changes are under discussion that will affect building projects in the city. Additionally, NYC enacted Local Law 97 of 2019 (LL97), also known as the Climate Mobilization Act, on 18 April 2019. This legislation limits buildings’ carbon emissions beginning in 2024. In this presentation, we will touch on considerations for building owners and designers in responding to recent and proposed changes to the building and energy code and discuss how new requirements may affect a wide range of enclosure, life safety, and structural systems. 

After attending this seminar, participants will be able to: 

  • Understand the code change process for New York City. 
  • Identify significant recent and proposed changes to the building and energy codes.
  • Understand the reasoning behind these changes.
  • Recognize impacts on design regarding code compliance.


dave jacoby

David J. Jacoby, P.E., LEED AP | Principal 
David Jacoby leads Simpson Gumpertz & Heger’s Fire Engineering practice and has extensive experience in fire protection engineering. He has worked on a broad range of projects, from historic preservation and adaptive reuse to campus and city planning. His work also includes large assembly occupancies, stadiums, arenas, convention centers, mixed-use high-rise facilities, airports, hospitals, federal courthouses, office buildings, casinos, and residential facilities. He is a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), and a member of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He is a past president of the New York City Metropolitan Chapter of SFPE. He is a current member of the Use, Occupancy, Construction, and Egress committee for the NYC code update program.

kevin poulin sgh

Kevin Poulin, Ph.D., P.E. | Principal
Kevin Poulin brings a deep understanding of structural design to his projects, which involve renovating existing buildings; designing new buildings; and conducting structural peer reviews, condition assessments, and feasibility studies. He is passionate about the restoration and adaptive reuse of existing buildings as a means to preserve the rich architectural history of New York City, as seen through his signature work on numerous New York City landmarks. He is a past president of the Structural Engineers Association of New York. He is a current member of the structural committee for the NYC code update program.

cheryl saldanha

Cheryl M. Saldanha, P.E., CPHD | Senior Consulting Engineer 
Cheryl Saldanha specializes in designing and evaluating building enclosures. She also works on projects involving investigations and renovations to building enclosure systems. Her background is in building science, the study of how heat, air, and moisture affect building enclosure systems. She is a leader in our firm’s Building Science practice and is adept at using multiple computer software packages to perform thermal and hygrothermal analyses of building details as well as whole-building energy and daylighting analyses. Cheryl is President of the New York chapter of the International Building Performance Simulation Association and a member of the technical advisory committee for the New York City Energy Conservation Code. Cheryl is a Certified Passive House Designer from the Passive House Institute.


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