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New York City Revises Building Codes

August 2008 - Design & Construction

The 2008 New York City Codes went into effect across all five boroughs on July 1, the first major modernization of the city’s building codes in nearly 40 years.

The 2008 New York City Codes are based on the 2003 International Building, Plumbing, Mechanical, Fuel Gas and Fire Codes. The new codes reference modern standards that incorporate updated scientific data.

The 2008 New York City Codes also include updated materials acceptance criteria. As long as a particular material or equipment meets the necessary laboratory approvals — often already nationally attained — specifiers won’t have to resubmit it through New York’s materials acceptance program.

The updated codes are designed to better mesh with the codes of other municipalities. “Bringing the International Building Code to New York provides greater flexibility and comparability,” says Rick Bell, executive director of the American Institute of Architects New York Chapter. “It means that now, when architects move to work in New York from other areas, they’ll be trained and familiar with how to look up the code.”


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