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ABO Industry News Update The urbancanvas Construction Site as Art Installation Pilot Program: New Rules For “Cool” Rooftops In April, the City Council voted to amend the Administrative Code of the City of New York and the New York City Building Code, applying new guidelines for rooftop coatings. The new legislation requires the use of more reflective and emissive — so-called “cool,” or light-colored — materials in new construction and alterations of roofs in existing buildings where 50 percent or more of the roof area and 500 square feet or more of roofi ng is being replaced. The rules go into effect January 1, 2012. Cool roof coating, when laid on top of a standard asphalt roof absorbs less heat and releases absorbed heat better than traditional roofing materials, a City Council Housing and Buildings Committee report said. Plus, they lower rooftop temperatures and lessen the heat load to a building, reducing the energy needed to keep the building cool. The Committee claims that any additional construction and renovation expenses builders and owners would incur in complying with the rules would be offset by the savings in energy costs. A component of the City Council’s policy of enhancing the sustainability of buildings in New York, the new rules are said to strengthen the “white roofs” provisions in the 2008 Building Code, written to enforce the city’s commitment to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions 30 percent citywide by 2030. The new coating standards for rooftops were created to take advantage of the more reflective and emissive roof coating materials that have come on the market since 2008, the Council said. Buildings are responsible for about 80 percent of the City’s greenhouse gas emissions, the Council has estimated, and energy use in buildings (private and cityowned) is the largest contributing sector to the greenhouse gas emissions inventory. With almost one billion square feet of roof area, the tops of the city’s buildings are a key place to focus on conservation. ● T he Department of Building’s “urbancanvas” program offers developers and owners the opportunity to drape scaffolding and other temporary structures on construction sites in original artwork — in effect, to turn their sites into public art installations, enhancing the curb appeal of their property while publicly demonstrating their commitment to the beautification of the streetscape and support for art and culture in the city. structures on a site: construction fences, sidewalk sheds, supported scaffolds and cocoon systems. The New York City Department of Buildings and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, partnered to create the program. To get permission to display the designs, the developer or owner agrees to defray the costs of printing and posting them. The owner identifies his or herself as the “sponsor” of the art next to the designs on the structures. The program is a colorful way for an owner to gain exemption from the normal limitations of the NYC Construction Codes, which currently prohibit the posting of any material on temporary protective structures. For more information on the urbancanvas program and for guidelines for property owners who want to participate, visit www.nyc.gov/urbancanvas ● Winners of the urbancanvas Design Competition. Owners choose from the winners of the urbancanvas Design Competition, which challenged professional artists and designers to create printed artwork for temporary protective structures at construction sites to beautify New York City’s streetscape. Four design “packages” are available with complementary artwork to decorate four different types of temporary protective 16 | A B O D E V E LO P ME NTS • www.abogny.com http://www.nyc.gov/urbancanvas http://www.abogny.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of ABO Developments - Spring 2011

ABO Developments - Spring 2011
A Letter from the Executive Director
In Memoriam: Nick LaPorte Remembered
Vision 2020: Redeveloping NYC's Waterfront
Built to Last
ABO Industry News Update
Index of Advertisers/Advertisers Dot Com

ABO Developments - Spring 2011