As any developer in New York City could tell you, the city's energy code is ever-changing. Less than two years after the last alteration, mandatory regulations once again shifted on October 3. Prior to that, codes were changed in 2010 as well. As a result of this constantly changing landscape, some developers across the city have projects in their offices that have been designed using three different sets of codes.
Before 2014, a project that was applying for permits were not reviewed by an official before breaking ground. "After-code approval" energy code audits were rare, even then, before the code became outdated. Codes have since become more strict and the consequences, more profound for those who neglect them. The Department of Buildings has recently issued stop-work orders and issued fines to projects who have not adhered.
This has coincided with an increase in field audits of projects to ensure that plans are being executed as they were approved. It has therefore become more important than ever for developers to have increased awareness of the most current guidelines, while clients may have to adapt to inherent delays.