Innovation Review Board (IRB)
The Innovation Review Board (IRB) operates in accordance with Local Law 5 of 2010. The IRB meets on a regular basis to:
(i) review specific projects that propose to employ new technologies, design or construction techniques, materials or products;
(ii) review proposals for approval of and to initiate reviews of such of new technologies, design or construction techniques, materials or products in order to determine their environmental and sustainability benefits;
(iii) make recommendations as to under what conditions and for what purposes each may be appropriately employed in New York city, and
(iv) streamline approvals of specific innovative projects.
Proposals for Review of Sustainability Projects and Technology
The IRB will review proposals for projects incorporating new and innovative technology, design, and construction techniques. Send proposals, including project/technology description and contact information, to OTCR@buildings.nyc.gov.
2017 IRB Membership
- NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)
- NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH)
- NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC)
- NYC Department of City Planning (DCP)
- Mayor’s Office of Sustainability
- Fire Department (FDNY)
Buildings Sustainability Board (BSB)
The Department of Building works to promote the use of renewable energy sources and sustainable technologies, all while promoting public safety. With this goal in mind the Buildings Sustainability Board (BSB), initiated through Executive Order #8/09, continues with its mission to provide technical expertise, advice and recommendations regarding sustainable technologies appropriate for New York City, but not fully addressed in the New York City Construction Codes.
Submitting Green Technology Proposals
Applicants seeking review of their technologies must submit their proposals to the Office of Technical Certification and Research.
New Membership Term for BSB
The Department is now accepting applications for the new BSB membership term. View the following for additional information and application instructions.
BSB Board Members
The board is composed of experts with a background in engineering, architecture, green development, or green design and technology.
|Edward Clerico, PE, LEED AP
|| Natural Systems Utilities
|Scott E. Frank, P.E.
|| Jaros Baum & Bolles
|| Mayor's Office of Sustainability
|Christopher O. McHugh, P.E.
|| AKF Group
|Daniel H. Nall, P.E., FAIA, LEED AP
|| SH Group, Inc.
|| altPOWER Inc.
|Donald J. Winston, P.E.
|Michael McNamara, P.E.
|| EME Group Consulting Engineers
|Michael J. Bosco, P.E.
CEM, CEA, LEED AP
| Jones Lang LaSalle
|Alec Strongin, P.E., CEM, LEED AP
|Hershel Weiss CIPE, MLP, LEED AP
NYC Department of Buildings Members
|Alan Price, P.E.
||Director, Office of Technical Certification and Research
|Gina Bocra, R.A., LEED AP
|Chief Sustainability Officer
||Executive Director, Code Development
|Wendy Wan, R.A.
||Code Development Architect, Technical Affairs
Technologies Reviewed by the Sustainability Boards
Wind Turbines –
Wind turbine technology is recognized under the acceptance criteria published in Buildings Bulletin 2011-004
Energy Storage Batteries –
The IRB determined that lead acid and valve regulated lead acid battery technology used for energy storage is recognized in the 2008 NYC Construction Codes and may be used as prescribed in the Mechanical Code. Other energy storage systems technology will be reviewed by the IRB. Contact OTCR@buildings.nyc.gov
for more information.
Composting Toilets –
The IRB will review the use of composting toilets on a site-specific basis. Please complete an OTCR2 Application Form
to initiate the process.
Water Recycling –
Water recycling technology is recognized under the acceptance criteria published in Buildings Bulletin 2010-027
Solid Fuel Cooking Ovens –
Cooking ovens using solid fuel must comply with the Mechanical Code and the DEP rules. Contact OTCR@buildings.nyc.gov
for application instructions.
Temporary Construction Lighting –
IRB is currently studying the use of energy efficient temporary construction lighting.
Phase Change Material –
Phase Change Material is recognized under the acceptance criteria published in Buildings Bulletin 2013-18