Building Towards the Future:
NYC Building Code 2020 & Beyond
Find Session Abstracts, Speaker Bios and Presentations below.
Some Presentations will be available after the event, some may not be available for share.
8:20 AM - 9:00 AM Overview of the Code Revision Process
Abstract: The Construction Industry is ever-changing and our Codes must work in tandem with these advances while staying up-to-date with the latest versions of the International Code Council (I-Codes) and other National Model Codes and Standards. The New York City Construction Codes consist of four technical volumes: Building Code, Plumbing Code, Mechanical Code, and Fuel Gas Code; and one administrative volume, the Administrative Code (Title 28), which contains permitting, licensing, fees, and other provisions that apply universally to the four technical volumes. The City’s Construction Codes are consistently revised and updated by the Department to ensure safe and compliant development. To that end, the Department organizes a series of Committees to review the technical and administrative provisions of the Codes and help draft Code Revisions to the New York City Construction Codes.
Update on NYC Electrical Code Revision
The Department also maintains the NYC Electrical Code, which is based on the National Electrical Code (NEC). To ensure the City’s electrical provisions remain current, Local Law 64 of 2001 required a mandatory periodic revision of the Code's technical provisions, thereby ensuring that the Code would always be up-to-date. As a result, beginning in 2003, and continuing every third year thereafter, the Department of Buildings has been required to submit proposed amendments of the Code based upon the latest edition of the NEC to the City Council.
Update on Existing Building Code Development
Additionally, it is the intention of the Department to develop a Code that specifically addresses alterations to existing buildings (a.k.a. the Existing Building Code). The Department has engaged the services of consultants to assist with research and development of the first draft of the NYC Existing Building Code provisions.
Update on Waterfront Code Development
The design, permitting, construction and maintenance of structures and other similar/related/relevant construction activity along New York City’s waterfront are subject to a wide range of City, State, and Federal laws, codes and regulations. Currently no single overarching City code fully addresses the design, construction, and maintenance of buildings and other structures on the waterfront. Thus, the Department has identified the need to develop, adopt and implement new Waterfront Code provisions for the City of New York. In support of the Project, New York City will engage a Consultant to provide project management, research, analyses, code drafting and implementation support.
Speaker: Gus Sirakis, PE, First Deputy Commissioner at NYC DOB
Constadino ‘Gus’ Sirakis, Professional Engineer, serves as First Deputy Commissioner at the NYC Department of Buildings. His work spans several decades of improving construction standards and ensuring compliance to the Building Code. At the Department, Gus established the Concrete Enforcement Unit for regulation of concrete testing laboratories, visiting active construction sites to analyze concrete construction practices from formwork to site-safety protocols. In addition, he led the first revision cycle of the 2008 NYC Construction Codes to update the Structural and Special Inspection requirements for new technology, materials and national standards in what became the 2014 NYC Construction Codes. Gus is currently leading the Department’s efforts to update their codes to the latest national standards. Respected by colleagues and the industry alike, Gus is the recipient of multiple awards and has served with distinction on the International Code Council (ICC) since 2007.
9:00 AM - 9:40 AM Cranes: Picking Up Changes in NYCBC 2020
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Abstract: This course will provide an overview of types of cranes, how they are designed, set up, inspected and utilized on job sites. Attendees will learn safety requirements for installation, use, operation and removal of cranes in order to avoid potential safety hazards. Local Laws related to crane modernization, personnel, event recorders and wind measurement will be discussed.
1. Be familiarized with the different types of cranes and able to describe their distinctive functions.
2. Examine NYC requirements for cranes and apply these provisions to design installations and inspections.
3. Review examples of crane safety hazards and identify potential safety issues and strategies for their prevention.Participants will review rules for cranes and their application to risk mitigation.
4. Be able to summarize recent legislation related to crane modernization, personnel requirements, event recorders, and anemometers.
Speaker: Ashraf Omran, PE, Chair of Cranes Advisory Committee at NYC DOB
Ashraf Omran, P.E. is the Executive Director of the Cranes and Derricks unit for the NYC Department of Buildings, the regulatory agency responsible for the safe and lawful use of nearly 1.1 million buildings and more than 45,000 active construction sites. Mr. Omran has over 25 years of combined experience in engineering, safety, and construction management services. He has been with the Department for more than 10 years. Previously, Mr. Omran was the Director, Technical Director, and Executive Engineer of the Cranes & Derricks Unit. He is the Chair for the NYC Crane Advisory Committee, which has been updating NYC’s codes and rules for cranes, already the most stringent in the world. Under his leadership, the Department has implemented several new initiatives this year for the hoisting machine industry, including new crane modernization requirements, requiring the installation of event loggers, and implemented an industry-leading code revision process, the first major change in crane regulations since 1968. Mr. Omran was recently awarded with a Certificate of Recognition from Mayor Bill de Blasio at the 2019 State of the City Address for going above and beyond the call of duty to serve our city and to promote development and construction safety.
10:00 AM - 10:40 AM Peer Review: Proposed 2020 Requirements
Abstract: Peer reviews are conducted in order to ensure that substantial buildings meet code required minimum design standards in order to create safer structures. Structural engineers in New York City have had requirements for peer reviews listed in the code since 2008. The proposed 2020 New York City Building Code will expand the scope of the required review; the newly proposed peer review requirements will cover not only superstructure, but geotechnical recommendations and foundations as well. During this presentation we will review how the current peer review process is undertaken and the new code language. We will also discuss what professionals having their projects peer reviewed and the peer reviewers think of the effort.
Speaker: Brad Kiefer, PE, Principal at GACE and Chair of Peer Review Subcommittee
Bradford T. Kiefer, P.E.is a principal at GACE Consulting Engineers DPC holding P.E. licenses in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and a P.A. license from Connecticut. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Civil Engineering from NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Brad has been a part of SEAoNY for 20 years and has previously served as board member and as co-chair of The Codes and Standards Committee. He started at GACE immediately after graduation and over the years has worked his way up from engineer to principal, co-running the company where he started. He has worked on and managed a multitude of projects from small renovations to new buildings participating in all stages of the project, from initial design and analysis through contract documents and construction administration. “When my team and I work on a project we believe that we are not only the structural engineer, but a member of the team that takes the best interest of the entire project into account. By listening to our clients’ needs, we are able to provide a service that often goes beyond structural engineering.” Brad’s notable projects include: Provost Square, 1241 Broadway, 680 Madison Avenue, and Cornell Tech – Graduate Hotel
10:40 AM - 11:20 AM Updating the NYCBC: Chp 18 & Geotechnical Provisions
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Abstract: Building codes are regularly revised and updated to ensure safe and compliant development. Engineers, contractors, and owners may exceed the requirements of a building code, but cannot construct to a standard below that mandated by a building code. Building codes not only impact engineers and contractors, but also architects, developers, the general public, and code enforcement regulators. Failure to update the code on a regular basis imperils stakeholders to out of date regulations and implementation of lessons learned. Ongoing changes in the construction industry typically lead to necessary modifications of building code. Likewise, updated building codes provide stakeholders an incentive to innovate. In addition, changes to building codes can increase the costs of construction. The cost benefit and evidence of additional safety that would be gained must be justified.
New York City is required by Local Law 33 of 2007 to revise the city’s construction codes every three years in order to keep them in line with the latest versions of International codes. The NYC Department of Buildings is the agency tasked with revising the construction codes. The Department of Buildings uses a consensus-based approach (among industry engineers, architects, contractors, and other stakeholders) to ensure that a revised code is balanced and will meet the needs of a diversely built environment.
This presentation will highlight select proposed changes to NYC Building Code for 2020 coming out of the work of the structural committee. Specifically, the presentation will focus on amendments to existing sections in Chapter 18, including provisions related to subsurface investigations, report requirements and underpinning, as well as newly added sections addressing soil and rock anchors, drilled displacement piles, and the use of high strength steel.
Speakers: Andrew J. Ciancia, PE, Chairman of the Board at Langan, Chair of Soil Subcommittee
Joe Ackroyd, PE, Assistant Commissioner for Technical Affairs & Ccde Development at NYC DOB
Mr. Ciancia, PE, has been Chairman of the Board at Langan since January 2015 and former Managing Principal for Langan’s New York City office. Throughout his tenure at Langan, he has managed some of the company’s most challenging projects in the New York Metropolitan area and across the country.
Some of Mr. Ciancia’s most notable large-scale projects include Hearst Tower, 7 World Trade Center, 9/11 Memorial, Barclays Center, Cornell University Tech Campus (Roosevelt Island), Columbia University’s Manhattanville Campus, New York University 2031 Campus, Penn Station Redevelopment, Met Life Stadium, One Vanderbilt, and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
Since 1980, Mr. Ciancia has worked as a consultant for the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission and private developers. Through this role, he provides geotechnical recommendations in relation to limiting damage to historic structures as a result of adjacent new construction and remedial measurements to the historic structures. Historic structures include the Fraunces Tavern, South Street Seaport Buildings, First Precinct Building, Art Students League Building, Rizzoli/Coty Buildings, High School for the Performing Arts, Lyceum Theater, New Victory Theater, Henry Miller Theater, Biltmore Theater, Grace Church, Federal Hall, Church of the Transfiguration, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and New York University Silver Towers.
Since 2005, Ciancia has worked closely with the New York City Department of Buildings (NYC DOB), helping update three versions of the Building Code. He presently serves on the NYC DOB Code Committee as Panel Chair to update the Soils & Foundations section of the 2014 Building Code. He also served on the Mayor’s Building Resiliency Task Force. In 2018, Mr. Ciancia was named Engineer of the Year by ACEC New York and Civil Engineer of the Year by the ASCE Metropolitan Section.
11:20 AM - 12:00 PM Structural Integrity Provisions
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Abstract: This presentation will review the proposed revisions to the structural integrity provisions of the NYC Building Code. Besides the proposed changes, we will discuss the items proposed to remain the same. We will discuss structural integrity load combinations, prescriptive requirements, key element analysis, and the triggers which lead to the analysis. Also discussed will be proposed revisions to the various structural integrity sections of the material chapters, such as steel, concrete, masonry.
Upcoming changes to the general inspection provisions of chapter 17 of the NYC Building Code
This presentation will review the proposed revisions to the general inspection provisions of the NYC Building Code. Besides the proposed changes, we will discuss the items proposed to remain the same. We will discuss general requirements, and responsibilities of the stakeholders.
Speaker: Karl J. Rubenacker, SE, Partner at Gilsanz Murray Steficek, Chair of Integrity Subcommittee
Karl J. Rubenacker has been a practicing structural engineer with Gilsanz Murray Steficek since 1998. Karl holds a BE in Civil Engineering from the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, and an MS in Civil Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He is a licensed professional engineer in New York, a licensed structural engineer in California, and an AWS certified welding inspector.
Karl has over twenty eight years of structural engineering expertise designing a broad array of structures from new construction to renovations, including high rise, commercial, residential, educational and industrial buildings. His experience also includes auto and rail bridges, aqueducts, parking garages, arenas, treatment plants and pumping stations, and the inspection of steel, concrete, masonry, and wood structures. He is currently involved in several complex building alterations.
Karl is presently the Chair of the ACEC-NY Structural Codes Committee, co-chair of the NCSEA Code Advisory committee on Existing Buildings, and co-chair of the SEAoNY Codes and Standards Committee. He is a member of the New York City Department of Buildings’ Structural Technical Committee for the 2008, 2014, and current code revisions. He participated in the NYC DOB building assessment efforts on post-hurricane Sandy and after the World Trade Center (WTC) attack. He is a Past-President of the Structural Engineers Association of New York, is presently active in the ASCE/SEI Disproportionate Collapse Technical Committee, and is a member of ICC.
12:40 PM - 1:20 PM Gold Sponsor Session by CSI: Nonlinear Analysis & Performance Based Design
The Future of Earthquake Engineering
Building Code Compliance Vs. Continued Functionality
Abstract: Performance-Based Design (PBD) is a major shift from traditional structural design concepts and represents the future of earthquake engineering. These new procedures help assure that the design will reliably meet a desired level of performance during a given earthquake. The fundamental component of PBD is nonlinear dynamic analysis where an attempt is made to capture the real behavior of the structure by explicitly modeling and evaluating post-yield ductility and energy dissipation when subjected to actual earthquake ground motions. The goal is to achieve continued functionality after the earthquake and not just compliance to a design code that fundamentality aims only for life safety.
Speaker: Ashraf Habibullah, SE, CEO of Computer and Structures, Inc.
Ashraf Habibullah is a Structural Engineer and is President and CEO of Computers and Structures, Inc. He founded CSI in 1975. Today, CSI is recognized globally as the pioneering leader in the development of software tools for structural and earthquake engineering. The software is used by thousands of engineering firms in over 160 countries for the design of landmark projects such as the Freedom Tower in New York City, the Burj Khalifa Tower in Dubai and the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing. The skyline of every major modern city in the world is defined by structures that were designed with CSI software. Ashraf also has a keen passion for the arts and social causes. He is co-founder of the critically acclaimed Diablo Ballet and the founder of the Engineer’s Alliance for the Arts, an organization that involves school children with technology, focusing on the artistic aspects of bridge engineering. He regularly donates money and his time as an inspiring speaker to support hospitals, humanitarian organizations, and educational institutions worldwide. CSI has donated software to thousands of universities worldwide to ensure that the technology necessary to produce seismically-sound structures reaches developing nations. Ashraf has a deep personal interest in the study of human psychology and human behavior and how they can be leveraged to help people from all walks of life reach their maximum potential.
1:20 PM - 2:00 PM NYCBC 2020 Seismic Load Updates and What to Expect
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Abstract: The upcoming 2020 version of the NYC Building Code (NYCBC) is the second revision - following the 2014 revision - of seismic design loads that follow the ASCE 7 risk-based design approach. While the philosophy remains the same; protecting life safety and designing for a specific target of collapse risk, several modifications and updates were included by the 2020 technical seismic committee. This presentation will discuss the changes; particularly the level of acceleration based on regional seismic mapping, use of modern hazard tools for site-specific evaluation, and seismic detailing requirements that affect both design and new construction in the city. The speaker will also introduce select current developments that need to be addressed in future revisions. Specifically, results from the state-of-the-art research project, New Generation of Attenuation (NGA-East), that address effects of the unique tectonic and geologic setting of our area will be presented. Ongoing federal developments on enhancing seismic design objectives for buildings and critical infrastructure to include functional recovery in addition to life safety, will also be discussed. Adopting this new philosophy in future revisions of the NYCBC will require multi-disciplinary efforts and introduce design implications to an already complex risk landscape. It is a major shift in philosophy that will support NYC engineers to their big-picture goal of an ever-evolving and resilient metropolis.
Speaker: Sissy Nikolaou, PE, Assistant Vice President at WSP, Chair of Seismic Subcommittee
Sissy Nikolaou is Assistant Vice President with WSP and has 25 years of global engineering experience of critical infrastructure projects and high-rise structures in Mexico and New York. As WSP’s Fellow of Earthquake Engineering, she oversees WSP’s geotechnical earthquake engineering practice and leads its multi-hazard resilience initiative. Her consulting approach emphasizes performance and resilience based design, soil-structure interaction, and geo-risk assessment and mitigation. Driven by a desire to find innovative solutions that protect populations and help them to emerge stronger from natural disasters, Sissy has participated in and led reconnaissance missions and studies after major natural disasters. A dedicated SEAoNY member, she currently represents the association on the Board of the Applied Technology Council (ATC). She is passionate about the protection of NYC from potential risks imposed by natural hazards and climate change, and particularly the late, yet real, earthquake threat to the city. For that, she offers her expertise to several agencies, brings awareness to the public, and the technical community, participates in research activities, and has chaired the 2014 and 2020 NYCBC technical seismic committee.
2:00 PM - 2:40 PM Proposed Changes to Sect. 1609 - Wind Loads of the 2020 NYCBC
Abstract: The talk will address the revisions proposed by the Wind Panel and its Technical Advisory Committee to Section 1609 - Wind Loads of the 2020 New York City Building Code. The main revisions bring closer agreement of the 2020 NYBC with ASCE 7-16 and IBC 2018. The following topics will be addressed: revision to basic design wind speed from service level wind to ultimate, addition of wind mean recurrence intervals to wind speed tables, wind tunnel testing and peer review of wind tunnel testing.
Speaker: Ahmad Rahimian PE, SE; Director of Building Structures at WSP, Chair of Wind Subcommittee
Dr. Ahmad Rahimian is Director of Building Structures at WSP USA, a global multi-disciplinary engineering firm of over 45,000 staff world-wide. Ahmad’s more than thirty years of experience with the firm includes the engineering of numerous notable projects worldwide ranging from high-rise commercial and residential towers to sports facilities. He has been responsible for the structural design of numerous notable buildings such as the Hearst Tower, the Trump World Tower, the Torre Mayor in Mexico City (tallest building in Mexico recognized by Scientific American Magazine as one of the top innovations of 2003), and the original Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing Meadows, New York. His expertise has been instrumental in engineering of numerous projects around the globe including the London Bridge Tower (Shard), the tallest building in Europe. He has recently completed the design of One World Trade Center, One 57 West 57th Street in New York City, and the new retractable roof over the Arthur Ashe Stadium at the United States Tennis Association Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York. Ahmad received his Ph.D. from the Polytechnic Institute of the New York University School of Engineering. He is a registered Professional Engineer in New York and several other states, and a registered Structural Engineer in California and Nevada. He has authored numerous technical articles for professional publications and has appeared as a guest lecturer on a wide range of structural engineering topics for local, national and international conferences. Dr. Rahimian is the recipient of the 2007 AISC Special Achievement Award, the 2005 ASCE-CERF Charles Pankow Award for innovation, the ENR Excellence Award as one of the Top 25 Newsmakers of 2003, the Concrete Industry Board (CIB) 2013 Leader of Industry Award, and the 2013 NYU Polytechnic Distinguished Alumni Award. He is a former chair of ACI Committee 375 and an honorary member of SEAoNY. He holds several US patents for seismic protective design.
3:00 PM - 3:20 PM Silver Sponsor Talk by Cast Connex: Innovation in Cast Steel Connections
Abstract: Steel castings can offer innovative steel connection design solutions and are changing the way architects and engineers are designing using steel. When connections become complex, experience arduous loading, require fatigue considerations, and/or call for beautiful aesthetics when architecturally exposed, cast steel connections offer structural and architectural solutions that conventional steel fabrication cannot. While steel castings and the manufacturing process are common in other industries, it is relatively new to the construction industry. With structures pushing previous limits in height, slenderness, lightness, and architectural requirements, steel casting technology facilitates exploration and execution of designs for this new wave of building. In conventional construction, steel casting technology offers economy and efficiency in the design and construction process and drives a new status quo for the performance and aesthetic of connections. This presentation will provide a brief overview of the modern renaissance of steel design with the use of steel castings for structural applications and will touch on the unique requirements for the design of castings, including non-linear FEA and CFD analysis, which is not covered in modern construction codes; the cast steel manufacturing process that offers unparalleled geometric freedom for structural steel to best meet performance ideals; considerations for QA and QC in manufacturing; and example projects utilizing custom designed and standardized cast steel products.
Speaker: Jennifer Anna Pazdon, PE, Vice President of CAST CONNEX
Jennifer Anna Pazdon, P.E., M.Sc.Eng is Vice President of CAST CONNEX and a Director for SEAoNY. A licensed structural engineer in NY with over 14 years of experience in design of structures and construction, she received her Bachelors from Carnegie Mellon University and her Masters from Princeton University where she focused her studies on aesthetics, efficiency, and economy of structures. Jennifer has worked as a structural engineering consultant based in NYC, Africa, and SE Asia; she was Teaching Fellow in Mechanics, Materials and Sciences at Princeton University and Adjunct Professor of Architecture at The Cooper Union. Jennifer has lectured extensively on the application of steel castings for buildings, bridges and other structures.
3:20 PM - 4:00 PM Temporary Structures & Construction Installations: NYCBCDesign & Construction Requirements
Abstract: This presentation discusses the design and construction requirements of temporary structures and temporary construction installations as required by the NYC BC, and provides construction recommendations for safe construction practices. Temporary structures include structures such as tents, grandstands, platforms, stages, and other similar miscellaneous structures erected for a limited period. Temporary construction installations include structures such as scaffolds, sidewalk sheds, fences, tower cranes, run back structures, and similar construction and demolition related installations. Though these structures are temporary in service life span, they do require proper and thorough analysis and design, as well as construction practices and supervision, comparable to permanent structures. Why? Statistics are telling us that most construction disasters occur as the result of the failure of temporary structures and temporary construction installations. The International Building Code (IBC) is largely silent on the subject and the technical literature is scarce since most of the failures of such structures remain hidden within legal proceedings. The NYC DOB is overseeing the largest municipality in the United States and has recognized the importance of safe construction practices in a tight urban environment to protect not only the construction crew but pedestrians and adjoining properties. NYC DOB has extended Chapter 16 of the IBC to include design and construction requirements of temporary structures and construction installations.
The provisions of the upcoming 2020 NYC BC Section 1619 on temporary structures and installations will be outlined. Time durations and permit renewal will be discussed. The required design loads and live load reductions will be described, including live loads and other environmental loads, such as snow, rain, ice, and seismic forces; design loads are required to be shown on the drawings. The importance and application of an “Action Plan,” when lower design loads are used, will be discussed. Relevant case studies and examples will be presented to demonstrate the application of the code provisions.
Speakers: Tim Lynch, PE, Chief Engineer of Enforcement at NYC DOB
Pericles Stivaros, PE,Vice President at GEI Consultants, Chair of Temporary Struct. Subcommittee
Tim Lynch is a New York State licensed Professional Engineer and certified Site Safety Manager with over 30 years of structural engineering design and construction experience.Mr. Lynch is the Chief Engineer for the Enforcement Bureau for the City of New York’s Buildings Department where he has served in a number of senior titles since 2005. Mr. Lynch’s duties are as follows:
Performing regular site visits and engineering audits and writing reports on complex building fires, collapses and building’s related ,
Developing and performing internal and external training programs,
Responding to large and small scale fires, building collapses and natural disasters by assisting and overseeing our teams of engineers and inspectors and first responders (OEM, FDNY, HPD..). Most recently, Mr. Lynch performed and oversaw building evaluations in Puerto Rico for residential buildings and essential facilities damaged during Hurricane Maria and the recent earthquakes in Gaunaca and Guanica.
Outreach to our professional and contracting community regarding the current and prior codes governing the prescriptive and performance design and structural behavior of the New York City’s 1.1M existing buildings.
Expert and fact witness for complex court cases and special legal assignments.
4:00 PM - 4:40 PM 2020 NYC Energy Code for Structural Engineers
Abstract: All structural engineers who work on buildings should have at least a basic understanding of the principles of heat transfer through building envelopes, as well as a working understanding of the Energy Code as it relates to their work. The 2020 NYC Energy Conservation Construction Code, in particular, raises the bar of building envelope energy performance: New York City has adopted the NYS Stretch Code. This code will require thermal envelopes of new buildings, additions, and renovations in some cases, to perform significantly better than previous codes. This presentation will help engineers better understand thermal envelope performance and the Energy Code so that they can work with architects and other building envelope professionals to comply with code requirements and help them design and construct more energy-efficient buildings. The focus will be on clarifying the basics of the Energy Code and working through confusing areas and common misunderstandings about the code.
Topics to be covered include:
· An overview of compliance paths and what it means for structural details
· Structural thermal bridging limitation requirements, quantifying thermal losses of thermal bridging conditions, and strategies for thermal loss mitigation
· The use of Manufactured Structural Thermal Break Assemblies as design-delegated building components
· Review of the thermal properties of structural materials
· Review of the structural properties of thermal materials
· Thermal properties of insulated steel and wood wall systems
· Slab edge and foundation insulation requirements
· Coordination with different types of code-required air barrier systems
· Construction-phase considerations including Building Envelope Commissioning (BECx)
Speaker: James D’Aloisio, PE, Principal at Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt, Chair of the SEI Climate Action Team
Jim D'Aloisio is a member of SEAoNY and a Principal with Klepper, Hahn & Hyatt, a structural engineering, landscape architecture, and building envelope services firm in Syracuse, NY. He has over 30 years’ experience as a consulting structural engineer, responsible for the design and assessment of new buildings, additions, and structural renovations. Jim’s a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a Registered Professional Engineer (NY and MA), Certified by the Structural Engineering Certification Board (SECB), and a LEED Accredited Professional. He’s been trained as a NYS Energy Code instructor by the Urban Green Council. Currently he is engaged with the Urban Green Council of NYC to develop instructor training material for the 2019 Energy Code of NYS. He is an Infraspection Institute-trained thermographer. He is a member of the Order of the Engineer, through Syracuse University. He is on the ASCE/SEI Frost Protected Shallow Foundations Committee and the Condition Assessment of Existing Buildings Committee and is chair of the SEI Climate Action Team. He’s former Chair of the U.S. Green Building Council's NY Upstate Chapter, and formerly on the USGBC National Board (2009). He has presented over 300 times.