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Are you a NYC affordable housing developer?

Make sure you know about mandatory water leak detection requirements for your project.

More than a year has passed since the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development added an overlay to its Enterprise Green Communities (EGC) Criteria and Certification process for all affordable housing projects. The overlay included a number of mandatory updates, including one in regard to conserving our world’s most precious resource – water.

Section 4.3, Leaks and Water Metering, requires New York City affordable housing projects to achieve water conservation criteria through one of three options:

  1. Separately monitor each cold branch off the apartment line riser for each dwelling unit as well as any common project laundry facilities, the boiler makeup water, outdoor water, and water consumption in any commercial spaces.
  2. Separately monitor each cold water riser and the domestic hot water (DHW) cold water feed for each building as well as any common project laundry facilities, the boiler makeup water, outdoor water, and water consumption in any commercial spaces.
  3. Separately monitor the water consumption for each toilet as well as any common project laundry facilities, the boiler makeup water, outdoor water, and water consumption in any commercial spaces. Each toilet monitor must be enabled with technology that allows remote monitor readings.

If you are a developer or building owner looking for cost-conscious options to meet the EGC water metering criteria, Lotik can help. Lotik offers point-of-use technology that meets the requirements in option 3, which can be easily installed on any water fixture in minutes, with no tools required.

Furthermore, monitoring at this level can greatly increase the ability to pinpoint exactly where high usage and potential leaks occur. Resources are saved by identifying issues and sending maintenance staff to the right apartment unit quicker. Interested in learning more? Contact us.

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