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New York State Building Codes

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  • March 6, 2002

    Governor: State Adopts New Fire Prevention and Building Codes

    New Codes Encourage Construction, Rehabilitation, Energy Conservation

    Governor George E. Pataki Adopts New Fire Prevention and Building Codes

    Governor George E. Pataki today announced that the State has adopted new Fire Prevention and Building Codes that reflect current technology, product and safety standards and will enhance energy conservation requirements.

    "These comprehensive building and energy codes will ensure that our homes and workplaces are safe and energy efficient, while also spurring new construction and job opportunities across the State," Governor Pataki said. "By reducing development costs and providing greater flexibility, these codes will provide a major incentive for new investment, construction and economic development in cities, towns and villages throughout New York."

    The new model codes were adopted by a unanimous vote of the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council, culminating a four-year process of reviewing the International Codes and making modifications for New York State in an effort to replace the current outdated code.

    The Governor directed the Department of State to undertake the code review process in 1998. Since that time, the Code Council established technical subcommittees to review the International Family of Codes, which includes the building, fire, residential, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, property maintenance and energy conservation codes. The Code Council then voted on recommendations for modifications made by the technical subcommittees, held numerous public hearings and made revisions based on public comment.

    Secretary of State Randy A. Daniels said, "Today's historic vote gives New York a much-needed comprehensive code that reflects current technology, products and safety standards. The code will encourage both new development and rehabilitation of existing buildings, which is key to revitalizing our downtowns. It also gives code enforcement and fire officials, design professionals, builders and contractors a set of requirements consistent with the rest of the country."

    The energy code, one of the most aggressive in the nation, continues New York State's leadership role in protecting the air quality and promoting energy conservation. It includes updated technologies and provides enhanced energy conservation requirements for residential and commercial buildings to ensure energy-efficient construction practices.

    The Code Council is a 17-member body comprised of representatives from several disciplines, including architects, engineers, builders, trade unions, people with disabilities, fire prevention, local governments and State agencies.

    All construction in the state is governed by the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code, which addresses issues such as fire prevention, life safety, structural stability, sanitation and accommodation for people with disabilities. The code applies to all communities across New York State, except New York City (which has its own building and fire code), where only the energy conservation code will be in effect.

    The new code will take effect in July 2002 and will include a 180 day transition period during which the current code or the new code may be used.

       It is imperative that contractors follow the architectural drawings given to them by the homeowners