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In 2010, Philadelphia enacted its first facade inspection ordinance, requiring owners of buildings with six or more stories to submit inspection reports every five years. The code is modeled after that in New York City, with buildings classified as “safe,” “unsafe,” or “safe with a repair and maintenance program.”

On December 4, 2019, Philadelphia enacted a “building energy tune-up” policy aimed at cutting carbon emissions by improving the performance of the city’s largest buildings. Every five years, non-residential buildings over 50,000 square feet must undergo an investigation and make adjustments and minor repairs to systems, including the building envelope, that contribute to energy performance.

The law is new to Philadelphia, but we’re not new to the law.

Hoffmann has helped hundreds of building owners meet inspection, repair, and reporting requirements. We are experienced in applying the provisions and mandates of similar laws in New York, Boston, and Pittsburgh, and we understand the process. More importantly, we understand the building enclosure. Trust your facade inspection to the facade experts.

Latest News
Philadelphia’s New Building Energy Tune-Up Law: A Guide for Owners, Managers, and Design Professionals
A summary of the 2019 tune-up policy, with commentary on how the new rules impact building owners and design teams.

Additional Resources
City of Philadelphia, Bill No. 190600
Legislation amending the Philadelphia Code to require owners of certain large buildings to conduct energy tune-ups.
Philadelphia Office of Sustainability Press Release: City Passes New Building Tune-up Legislation to Further Climate Goals
Press release announcing passage of bill 190600, creating a new Building Energy Performance Program.
Philadelphia Enacts Facade Inspection Legislation
Hoffmann’s overview of the 2010 legislation, including filing deadlines and inspection requirements.
Philadelphia Department of Licenses & Inspections (L&I)
L&I oversees facade ordinance inspection and reporting.
PM-304.10 Periodic Inspection of Exterior Walls and Appurtenances of Buildings
Relevant section of Title 4: The Philadelphia Building Construction and Occupancy Code.
City of Philadelphia, Bill No. 090568-AAA
Original 2010 legislation amending the building code.


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