Point of Entry

Once the Ruling to move forward with a natural gas conversion is received, a” POE” or “Point of Entry” appointment needs to be requested.  The POE is that location where Con Edison, or some other Natural Gas Utility, and the contractor, determine that the new gas service will enter the building.  Multiple factors need to be evaluated to select an optimal POE location. Therefore, upon request of a POE appointment, an on-site meeting is scheduled to determine a suitable location. At this meeting, field notes are generated by Con Ed which outline the interim inspection requirements and the next steps in the process, as well as show the selected POE in any available architectural site plans of the building.  The building, property and curb lines are important linear references for the POE to be accurately located. The nearest fixed reference point to the POE should be utilized for this purpose.

It is ideal to have a Contractor help you prepare for and walk you through the POE process. For additional assistance with his matter or any other related to your potential Oil-Gas Conversion, please call (201) 488-5151.

Understanding An MPP Series Part 2

Part 2. System Identification

As part of the requirements when compiling a management program and plan, the Department of Health asks that a qualified person includes a system identification section. This portion of an MPP is supposed to include the following:

1.The number of cooling towers in the cooling tower system
2.The location of each cooling tower in relation to the building and the building address, block and lot number.
3.The Dimensions and characteristics of the cooling tower system including total recirculating water volume, cooling tower tonnage, biocide delivery method, flow rate and other key characteristics
4.The purpose of the cooling tower system and seasonal or year-round operation including start and end date, if applicable. For systems with multiple cooling towers, conditional operation, such as cycling or scaling related to cooling demand, must also be noted.
5.The New York City Department of Buildings registration number for each cooling tower.
6.The cooling tower manufacturer model number and serial number, if applicable.
7.A flow diagram or schematic of the cooling tower system, identifying all the principal components and appurtenances of the cooling tower system including makeup water and waste stream plumbing locations.

Example System Identification containing all required sections of RCNY 8-03 Subsection (b)

This data will provide some crucial information to the inspectors on site in allowing them to have a deeper understanding of how the system is used, what it is used for, and understand how chemical treatment is being applied to the system. Failure of this section being complete will not only lead to a violation of section RCNY 8-03 for the MPP’s sufficiency, but can also lead to a violation of section RCNY 8-05f4 which requires the sampling locations to be clearly defined within the flow diagram.

Example Flow Diagram containing all required elements from RCNY 8-03 Subsection (b)(7)

With any help pertaining to system identification or any other MPP needs, please reach out to The Metro Group at 718-729-7200



Annual Boiler Inspection

When it comes to your annual boiler inspections, the city allows clients to submit inspection results on any given day of the calendar year (as long as submitted within 30 days of the inspection date). Upon completing the annual boiler inspection, the average companies file the results to the city regardless of what they report. This can be problematic for the client as the client would then be on the clock to resolve any defects that were noted on the report.
Here at Metro, we take additional steps in order to ensure that we are submitting a clean report. To ensure that you pass your annual boiler inspection with no defects, it is best to contract with a vendor like Metro that will perform an initial inspection on your boiler, diagnose if boiler passed inspection OR if they have certain defects that need to be addressed. We then propose the items, and allow client to have opportunity to accept/decline – before we file with the city. If a client denies the proposed work, we will file with the city a report noting those defects. But if the client accepts the work, we will perform the work, re-inspect to make sure boiler meets code, and file a CLEAN report. This saves the client having to pay additional fees to make the secondary filing of an Affirmation of Corrections (otherwise known as a BO-13 form; mandatory to file if the original boiler report noted hazardous defects that were in need of correction).

What is a Boiler (ECB) Violation and Why Did I Get One?

An ECB (The Environmental Control Board) violation is issued by the Department of Buildings when a property does not comply with a part of the New York City Construction Codes and or Zoning Resolution.”

These violations are received via an inspector visiting your site and writing up any violating conditions in regards to the boiler room and the boiler(s) themselves. Unlike Annual boiler inspections, where all it takes to receive the violation is the city seeing that a filing was not done during any given calendar year, a number of these possible violations relate to code compliance for the operation of a boiler in NYC. These kinds of violations range from required repairs to the boiler vessel and/or burner, upgrades and add-ons (primarily for safety reasons) to the boiler vessel and/or burner, timely compliance with all filing and reporting requirements for the boiler, as well as items that need to be addressed to make the boiler room itself (again, primarily for safety reasons mandated by city agencies) compliant with city code.

It is possible to get a boiler violation for one of many of the reasons above.  But perhaps the most common violation is simply failing to meet the triennial filing requirements.  Boilers that are required to be registered with the Department of Buildings must also have a Triennial application from the Department of Environmental Protection, if applicable. For these cases, the client must always maintain their triennial filing requirements; as if they are not met in a timely fashion, a violation is automatically issued by the visiting city representative/inspector.