FISP (aka Local Law 11/98)
FISP mandates that all buildings greater than six stories have all exterior walls and appurtenances be inspected at least once every five years by a Qualified Exterior Wall Inspector (QEWI).
A building's filing window is based on the last digit of the building’s block number and is broken out into three sub-cycles as follows:
For Sub-Cycle 9A, which begins February 21, 2020, buildings with a block number ending in 4, 5, 6 or 9 have until February 21, 2022 to file their FISP report.
In addition, all Subsequent Reports - reports that update a building's status from SWARMP to Safe - must also be filed before Sub-Cycle 9A begins on February 21, 2020.
Three reasons FISP is important for your existing building(s):
- Safety - each year we unfortunately have experienced tragedies due to falling material coming from building facades. FISP helps combat those events.
- It's the law - Owners of buildings greater than six stories must submit reports each five-year cycle, and have a two-year window to file that report according to their sub-cycle assignment. Additionally, if "SWARMP" items are identified, Owners are by law required to address repairs before the next filing cycle.
- Opportunity for a cost-benefit retrofit - although it is costlier, the benefit of a deep retrofit is undeniable. The facade can be replaced and enhanced, mechanical systems are upgraded and higher energy efficiency can be considered. Vidaris can additionally help provide an evaluation for compliance with meeting the new carbon emissions requirements, per Intro. 1253-C.
One BIG reason to hire Vidaris:
- We can both administer the FISP inspection AND help provide short- or long-term solutions - if your building is marked as "SWARMP" or "Unsafe", it could mean an even larger underlying issue that could be very costly. As an experienced building envelope consultancy, among other areas (sustainability, energy efficiency, code advisory and construction advisory), we are able to provide a proposed scope of work that can help budget for those potential issues.