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Seminar Series

Rizzo Group has decades of experience in the building consulting industry. Throughout the year, or at a specific client’s request, Rizzo Group hosts seminars in a number of vital areas for building in New York City. Please contact us if you are interested in attending or hosting one of the Rizzo Group seminars listed below.

SEMINAR 1

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDINGS FILING PROCEDURES I & II

  • Covers the filing process for Alt I and Alt II jobs. Includes issues relating to self-certification, controlled inspections, and letters of completion
  • Covers the Certificate of Occupancy Process and what is required to obtain a TCO and C/O
  • Discusses when C/Os are required and the laws triggered by Changes of Use
  • Discussion on Department of Transportation, Department of Health and Department of Highways and the role of these agencies in C/Os

SEMINAR 2

FILING PROCEDURES AT THE BUREAU OF FIRE PREVENTION

  • Fire alarm filing and other filings
  • Local law 26 compliance and emergency action plans
  • Fire department inspections
  • Sprinklers & standpipe, electrical

SEMINAR 3

CODE REVIEW I & II: BUILDING CODE & ZONING INTRO

  • Building height, bulk and density guidelines
  • Building classification according to construction ratings & limitations
  • Discussion of essential zoning issues: FAR, bulk, use
  • ADA and handicap issues associated with building
  • Egress and public assembly

SEMINAR 4

BSA AND CITY PLANNING PRACTICE IN NYC

  • Board of Standards & Appeals: variance process
  • ULURP: Uniform Land Use Review Process, CEQR
  • Special Permits – City Planning and BSA
  • Issues – Revocable Consents, Bonus Plazas, etc.

SEMINAR 5

LANDMARKS

  • Landmark buildings/historic districts
  • Review of typical NYC architectural designs and precedents (i.e. federal, neoclassical, and cast-iron styles)
  • Researching landmarks at the city archives
  • Landmark agency procedures (Plan Review, Certificate of No Effect)

SEMINAR 6

GREEN BUILDING & LEED COMPLIANCE

  • Introduction to LEED compliance
  • LEED new buildings, existing buildings, interiors
  • Energy usage in buildings
  • Renewable energy purchasing and installation