Since October 1, 2019, the New York City Fire Department’s Rule 3 RCNY 608-01, entitled “Outdoor Stationary Storage Battery Systems” has been in effect and applied to projects throughout NYC.
FDNY Rule 3 RCNY 608-01 applies to the installation and utilization of Outdoor Stationary Storage Battery systems which use new energy storage technologies such as lithium-ion, nickel-cadmium and others. Existing and proposed systems must comply with the requirements of this rule.
If a project calls for the installation of a storage battery system, whether for backup power or to help reduce peak demand for car chargers and other electronics, Rule 608-01 may apply.
One exemption is for outdoor stationary storage battery systems with an aggregate rated energy capacity of not more than 250 kWh that are a component of individual motor vehicle charging stations and used for the purpose of motor vehicle charging.
Even though the mentioned system may be exempt, best practice calls for owners and operators to review Rule 608-01 and implement safe practices that would meet compliance.
In order to install or specify a battery storage technology for a project, that technology must be approved by the FDNY for use within NYC. The purpose of this approval is to ensure that the battery system meets FDNY requirements for fire safety. An on going issue with the systems is “thermal run away” fires. These fires are difficult to put out and have the potential to re-ignite after the fact.
The FDNY requires various laboratory tests and certifications indicating that these fire risks are mitigated.
For manufacturers interested in applying for these certifications, the TM-2 form must be completed and submitted to the FDNY for review either by the manufacturer themselves or by a person authorized by said manufacturer.
-a department equipment approval for each unit,
-a site plan; and
-a commissioning/de-commissioning plan.
If you have any questions regarding the FDNY rule 608-01 regarding your Stationary Storage Battery System or require assistance in achieving compliance with this new rule, please contact Walden’s design specialists who have experience with Department of Building and FDNY permit requirements.
For more information you may visit the Fire Department’s website (www.nyc.gov/fdny) and the NYCRULES’ website (www.nyc.gov/NYCRULES).