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Building Code Woes

Nine out of every ten buildings reviewed by the Department of Buildings fail to meet the energy code. The code isn't some newfangled super green standard either—it's more than 30 years old— and the DOB is now cracking down on enforcement, requiring architects to amend plans for new and renovated buildings and even halting in-progress projects if on-site inspections reveal problems. During visits to a random 160 sites, one in five had issues, and several were hit with Stop Work Orders as a result. [Crain's; photo by Joel Raskin]