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Live event: navigating the new changes in local law 97


In a recent live event, Lee Hoffman, Co-Founder of Runwise, delved into the complexities of New York City's Local Law 97. This session offered valuable insights into how these changes impact heat distribution in apartment buildings, focusing on practical strategies for understanding and complying with the law's requirements.

The Comprehensive Impact of Local Law 97 on NYC Buildings

Discussing the challenges of heat distribution, Hoffman noted, "This is an extremely complex topic that hits every building." He emphasized the multifaceted impact of Local Law 97, focusing on environmental sustainability and operational efficiency in buildings.

Hoffman highlighted the importance of identifying whether heating issues are isolated to a single apartment, a specific line, or a larger section of the building. "The challenge is, what happens when somebody says it's too cold in my apartment, and you actually know it's too cold," he explained, underscoring the need for accurate temperature data.

Practical Steps to Align with Local Law 97

  1. Technology and Sensor Use: Highlighting the role of technology, Hoffman stated, "If you don't have indoor sensors with some kind of smart control, it's very hard to do anything."
  2. Understanding System Types: He delved into different heating systems, such as one-pipe and two-pipe steam systems, explaining their operation and the importance of proper maintenance.
  3. Addressing Common Issues: Hoffman shared a personal anecdote to illustrate common heating issues, "Fast forward, no joke, two weeks later... at the top one-eighth of an inch the window is open... and freezing cold 28-degree air is just pouring into her bedroom."
  4. Proactive Building Management: Emphasizing proactive management, he advised, "Every heating system, you do a walkthrough of all the apartments, you check the windows are closed, you help people remove or insulate with weatherproofing their AC units."

Technology as an Essential Tool for Law Compliance

The webinar highlighted the crucial role of modern technology in meeting Local Law 97's requirements. Real-time data and alerts from advanced sensor systems enable quick adjustments to maintain compliance and efficiency. "This is why it's so critical to every heating system," Hoffman reiterated.

The event provided comprehensive guidance for property managers navigating the complexities of Local Law 97. His insights emphasize the importance of understanding the law, employing technology, and fostering cooperative efforts for successful compliance, thus aligning with the city's environmental objectives and enhancing operational efficacy.