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2011 Buildings Bulletins

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2011 Buildings Bulletins
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Issuance
Date

Type/
Bulletin #

Relevant Code Sections

Purpose

January 28, 2011

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2011-001

MC 1305.3.3
MC 1305.13.3
FC 2703.10.2
FC 2703.10.3
FC 3405.2.5

This document provides guidelines for approved manual means of transfer of fuel oil for emergency generators in buildings constructed prior to the enactment of the 1968 Building Code.

February 3, 2011

OTCR /
Buildings Bulletin
2011-002

AC 28-113.2.3
BC 903.3.1
BC 903.3.2
BC Q102
BC Q103
BC Q104

This document establishes acceptance criteria for the use of mechanical press joint fittings and piping in automatic sprinkler systems in accordance with the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

February 17, 2011

Zoning/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-003

ZR 22-13

This document clarifies that a facility verified by a governmental agency as permanent supportive housing may be classified as a Use Group 3 under the New York City Zoning Resolution.

February 17, 2011

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-004

Supersedes:
Technical Buildings Bulletin
2009-015

AC 28-103
AC 28-113
ECC Chapter 6
BC Chapter 16
1RCNY 101-06

This document establishes a protocol for material acceptance, installation, testing, inspection, approval and maintenance criteria of wind turbine product assemblies.

February 17, 2011

OTCR /
Buildings Bulletin
2011-005

Related to Buildings Bulletin
2010-027

Superseded by:
OTCR Buildings Bulletin
2013-003

AC 28-113.2.3
MC Chapter 12
MC 1206
PC 101.7
PC 608
PC Chapter 7
PC Chapter 11
PC Appendix C

This document establishes acceptance criteria for the use of polypropylene ("PP") piping systems in hydronic piping, irrigation systems and water recycling distribution piping systems as alternative materials in the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

March 25, 2011

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-006

AC 28-113.2.3
MC 301.4
MC 301.6
MC 301.7
MC 301.8
MC 918.3
MC 1002.1
PC 504.5
This document establishes acceptance criteria for heat pump water heaters in accordance with the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

April 8, 2011

OTCR /
Buildings Bulletin
2011-007

AC 113.2.3
PC 409
PC 604.1
PC 604.3
PC 802.1.7
FGC 402

This document establishes additional acceptance criteria for commercial dishwashers with integral gas-fired heating in accordance with the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

April 14, 2011

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-008

Related to Buildings Bulletin
2011-009

AC 28-406.1
BC 1704.2
BC 1905.3
BC 1905.6.1
ACI 318 §5.3
BC 1905.8.2

This bulletin establishes the criteria for concrete producers to perform and file concrete mix designs with the Department of Buildings as approved fabricators.

April 14, 2011

OTCR /
Buildings Bulletin
2011-009

Related to Buildings Bulletin
2011-008

AC 28-114.3
AC 28-116.2.3.1
AC 28-116.7
BC 1704.2.2

This document establishes temporary guidelines for approval of fabricators in accordance with the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

April 14, 2011

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-010

Supersedes:
Directive 5 of 1977

HMC 27-2087
ZR 12-10 (Definition of “Floor Area”)
AC 28-210.1
This document clarifies the conditions for installing a bathroom containing three fixtures in the cellar of a one- or two-family dwelling.

April 15, 2011

OTCR /
Buildings Bulletin
2011-011

Supersedes:
OTCR Technical Bulletin number BC 18.01.08 issued 3/24/2008, titled “The use of Helical Piles per the 1968 and 2008 NYC Building Code.

AC 1704.3
BC 1704.8
BC 1704.19.1
BC 1802
BC 1808
BC 1813
BC 1814
BC 1903
BC 1904
BC 1905
BC 1906

This bulletin establishes acceptance criteria for the use of helical pile foundation systems as alternative materials in accordance with 2008 New York City Construction Codes.

April 21, 2011

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-012

BC 909.12.1
MC 513.12.1
1 RCNY 4000-06
EC Article 760
AC 28-103.3

This document clarifies the protection requirements for enclosing wiring used in smoke control systems.

April 21, 2011

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2011-013

BC 907.2.12
BC 907.2.12.3
FC 404.3.1
FDNY Technology Management Bulletin 1 of 2011

This document refers to the Fire Department Technology Management Bulletin 1 of 2011, which provides the performance and filing requirements for an in-building radio communication system that is installed pursuant to Exception 1 of section BC 907.2.12.3.

May 26, 2011

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-014

AC 28-404
1 RCNY 9-01

This document clarifies the requirements that govern the installation or modification of cell phone equipment using industrial rope access (also known as controlled descent) methods.

June 17, 2011

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2011-015

NYCECC 101.2.4
NYCECC 101.4.3
NYCECC 402
NYCECC 502
NYCBC 3202.2.1
ASHRAE 90.1 Section 5
1 RCNY 5000-01

This document clarifies conditions under which an addition, alteration, renovation or repair to a building envelope may not be required to comply with the New York City Energy Conservation Code (NYCECC), pursuant to section NYCECC 101.4.3.

June 23, 2011

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2011-016

Superseded by:
Technical Buildings Bulletin
2011-019

AC 27-228.5
AC 27-929.1
LL 5/73
LL 16/84
LL 26/04
This document clarifies the exceptions for existing buildings subject to the retroactive sprinkler requirements of Local Law 26 of 2004 (LL 26/2004).

June 27, 2011

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2011-017

BC 1607.7.1.2
AC 27-558

This document clarifies the loading requirements for the design of balcony railing components.

June 27, 2011

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2011-018

BC 403.1
BC 403.11.2
BC 405.4.3
BC 1104.4
BC 1107
BC 1107.7.1
BC 1109.6.1
BC 2702.2.14
BC 2702.2.15 
BC 2702.2.20
BC 3002.4 
BC 3003.1
ICC A117.1 407.4.1
ICC A117.1 408.4.1
ICC A117.1 409.4.1
ASME A17.1 5.2.1.16
ASME A17.1 5.3.1.10
This document clarifies the requirements for an elevator, ambulance stretcher accommodation, and emergency power for such an elevator.

July 29, 2011

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2011-019

Supersedes:
Technical Buildings Bulletin
2011-016

AC 27-228.5
AC 27-929.1
AC 27-339
LL 5/73
LL 16/84
LL 26/04
This document clarifies the exceptions for existing buildings subject to the retroactive sprinkler requirements of Local Law 26 of 2004 (LL 26/2004).

October 13, 2011

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-020

Related to Buildings Bulletin
2010-027

Superseded by:
OTCR Buildings Bulletin
2013-003

AC 28-113.2.3
MC Chapter 12
MC 1206
BC 1704.13
BC 1704.15
PC 608
PC Chapter 7
PC Chapter 11
PC Appendix C
This document establishes acceptance criteria for the use of polypropylene (“PP”) piping systems in hydronic piping, irrigation systems and water recycling distribution piping systems as alternative materials in the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.
October 25, 2011

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-021

AC 28-113
BC 1704.13
PC 312
PC 605.4
PC 608
PC C101.7
PC C101.12
1 RCNY 101-06
This document establishes acceptance criteria for the use of chlorinated polyvinyl chloride (CPVC) for water recycling distribution piping systems as an alternative material in the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

November 10, 2011

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-022

AC 28-113.2.2
PC Chapter 6
PC Chapter 7
PC Chapter 11
This document clarifies that cured-in-place pipe (CIPP) and epoxy spray pipe lining repairs are not permitted by the New York City Plumbing Code.

November 30, 2011

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-023

BC Chapter 16
BC 2606.4
BC 2606.5
BC 3307.6
AC 28-104.7
AC 28-113.2.3

This document establishes acceptance criteria for urbanSHED, an alternative sidewalk shed design which encourages improved pedestrian experience, provides increased light and air to the sidewalk, and enables easy access to building entrances.

November 30, 2011

Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-024

AC 28-115
AC 28-116.2.3
BC 1702.1
BC 1704.1
1RCNY 101-06
This document restates the requirements that the owner hires the special inspection agencies, and the obligation of the special inspection agency to avoid conflicts of interest.

December 23, 2011

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-025

Supersedes:
OTCR Buildings Bulletin
2010-017

BC 1704.23
MC 1004.1
FGC 631.1
AC 28-101.4
AC 28-113.1
RS 14-2

RS 14-6

This document sets forth procedures and requirements for interim acceptance of field erected boilers used in buildings constructed under the 1968 Building Code or prior codes until May 31, 2013.

December 23, 2011

OTCR/
Buildings Bulletin
2011-026

AC 28-113.2.2
MC 1301
MC 1308
This document establishes acceptance criteria for above-ground, nonmetallic fuel-oil storage tanks as alternative equipment in the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.
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