Thursday, November 8, 2012
Bloomberg doesn't know best
From The Real Deal:
Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s suggestion that one way to limit the impact of flooding from future storms would be to give large building owners more flexibility about where generators — generally kept below grade — are placed. However, the Fire Department of New York, along with some contracting professionals, expressed concerns about the potential dangers and challenges of keeping backup generators on higher ground.
“Change the building code to put generators on the roof,” not in the basement, Mayor Bloomberg said during a press conference Sunday.
The city’s Fire Department, for one, has reservations about the mayor’s suggestion.
“Placing generators on the roof of a large building does create many challenges such as how fuel is brought to the rooftop and where the fuel will be stored,” Frank Dwyer, Fire Department spokesperson, said. “In addition, the roof is a crucial location for firefighters fighting a fire, so generators can create problems.”
Currently, rooftop generators are rare, but permitted by the FDNY in some cases, in which safety measures are in place.