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Building Code Overhaul
April 6th, 2007

New York City will soon get a revamped building code, something that hasnt happened since 1968, according to an article in the New York Sun. “The new code, drafted with the help of more than 400 industry figures – including architects, real estate developers, engineers, government officials, and union representatives – will be presented to the City Council later this month,” the Sun writes.

The new document is already stirring controversy. The Real Estate Board of New York is predicting that the new code could lead to increase the cost of building. Some 9/11 victims families groups have been lobbying for more stringent safety requirements. And many City Council members and neighborhood groups want more stringent regulations to curb overdevelopment in residential areas.

Given the rash of recent building collapses in Soho, Chelsea, Harlem, and the Bronx so far this year – the new code may be coming just in time. The real estate blog Curbed has even set up a building collapse betting pool.

By on April 6, 2007, 4:46 pm
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3 Responses to “Building Code Overhaul”

  1. larry littlefield Says:
    April 8th, 2007 at 6:32 pm

    The building community has long wanted the city to repeal the rules that require semi-fireproof construction in Manhattan, Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens, allowing the construction of cheap wood-framed rowhouses with only specially treated plywood in between.

    The 100 year record speaks for itself. The shells of masonary buildings last, and the buildings can be reconstructed over and over again while adding value to the community. Attached frame houses do not.

    Regardless of what the international building code says, I hope they don’t get their way on that one.

  2. Mike Muller Says:
    April 9th, 2007 at 8:26 pm

    Hey Mark, nice to see you around again!

    The Real Deal also reported that the Mayor’s Sustainability Advisory Board is also considering incorporating green building practices in the Building Code.

    Check the Environment Topics page shortly for more on sustainable buildings

  3. Nancy Anderson Says:
    April 10th, 2007 at 8:31 am

    The pending overhaul of the Building Code is a unique opportunity to make NYC’s built environment more sustainable by establishing requirements for ultra energy-efficient, high performance construction and renovation. Now’s the time to be bold and capture the innovation of the City’s current crop of high performance “poster child” buildings. Any new Budiling Code should be measured by its ability to help meet the Mayor’s goal of reducing carbon dioxide emssions by 30% by 2030. This isn’t an opportunity we’ll have again for decades to come.

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