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2013 Buildings Bulletins

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2013 Buildings Bulletins
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Issuance
Date

Type/
Bulletin #

Relevant Code Sections

Purpose

February 6, 2013

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-001

HMC 27-2004(2)(21)
HMC 27-2070
BC 1202.1 (definition of “habitable space”)
BC 1202.1 (definition of “kitchenette”)
BC 1208.1
BC 1211.2
MDL 4.18
MDL 31.2.d

This bulletin clarifies the enclosure requirements for kitchenettes and minimum dimension for living room and habitable space in a multiple dwelling.

March 19, 2013

OTCR /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-002

BC 1901
AC 28-113.2.2
BC 703
BC 803
BC 714.2

This document establishes design and acceptance criteria of externally bonded fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) systems for structural repair and upgrade of concrete and masonry elements.

March 19, 2013

OTCR /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-003

Supersedes:
OTCR Buildings Bulletins
2011-005 and
2011-020

Related to:
OTCR Buildings Bulletin 2010-027

AC 28-113.2.3
MC Chapter 12
MC 1206
AC 1704.13
AC 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.

March 25, 2013

OTCR /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-004

Supersedes:
OTCR Buildings Bulletins
2012-005

AC 28-113.2.3
FGC 303.3
FGC 503.4.2
FGC 503.8
FGC 601.3
FGC 503.2.2
PC 804.1

This document establishes acceptance criteria for gas-fired direct vent space-heating appliances used for providing heat in rooms for sleeping purposes in accordance with the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.

April 26, 2013

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-005

HMC 27-2004
HMC 27-2077
28 RCNY 25-51
MDL 66

This document clarifies that hostel-type accommodations are considered to be illegal rooming units, pursuant to Section 27-2077 of the Housing Maintenance Code, except for certain grandfathered units and units operated by non-profit institutions and city agencies.

April 29, 2013

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-006

FGC 102.4
FGC 404.1(4)
FGC 404.1(5)
FGC 202
FGC 404.3
FGC 406
AC 28-101.4.3
AC 28-112.3

This bulletin establishes procedures and requirements for work involving fuel gas distribution piping located within fire-resistance-rated construction in existing buildings undergoing alterations, replacement and repairs.

June 3, 2013

Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-007

See Table 1 below
AC 28-101.5 (“approved”)
AC 28-113.1
1 RCNY 101-12(e)
1 RCNY 101-12(f)
BC 201 (“approved”)

This bulletin seeks to clarify the term approved as it pertains to materials.
June 13, 2013

OTCR /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-008

Supersedes:
OTCR Buildings Bulletins
2012-010

AC 28-113.2.1
AC 28-113.2.2
MC 1301
MC 1302.3
MC 1305.9

This document establishes acceptance criteria for flexible fuel-oil piping systems as alternative materials to the 2008 NYC Construction Code.
June 21, 2013 OTCR /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-009
AC 113.2.3
BC 406
This document establishes acceptance criteria for attendant operated automobile parking lifts installed in accordance with the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.
August 12, 2013 Zoning /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-010

ZR 32-15
ZR 32-18
ZR 12-10 (definition of “physical culture or health establishments”)
ZR 73-36

This bulletin clarifies zoning requirements when establishing yoga studios in buildings or portions thereof.
August 23, 2013 Operational /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-011

BC 1601.1
BC 2104.1
BC 3308.3
BC 1604.1
BC 2205.6.4.4
BC 3314
BC 1609.1
BC 3303
RS 19-2
BC 1906
BC 3307

This document clarifies the pre-storm planning for construction sites.
September 13, 2013 Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-012
BC 1019.1.2 This document clarifies 2008 Code and 1968 Code requirements with regard to fire alarm equipment and panels, data gathering panels, terminal transmission boxes and all associated wiring in stair enclosures.
October 4, 2013 Operational /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-013
AC 28-116.2.3.2
BC 1704.19
BC 3305.6
AC 28-104.7.13
BC 1704.27
LL 29/2013
To clarify special inspection requirements related to raising, lifting, elevating or moving buildings.
October 24, 2013 Operational /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-014
BC 1626
BC 1627
BC 1604.5
To clarify the process of submittal and permitting of projects that require Structural Peer Review per BC Section 1627.
December 2, 2013 Technical/
Buildings Bulletin
2013-015

Rescinds:
28 past Technical Policy and Procedure Notices (TPPNs)

  This bulletin rescinds 28 past Technical Policy and Procedure Notices (TPPNs) that are no longer applicable. List of rescinded TPPNs: 1/87 4/87, 5/87, 6/87, 7/87, 3/88, 4/88, 16/88, 17/88, 18/88, 2/89, 4/91 (issued 6/25/1991), 4/91 (issued 7/26/1991), 2/92, 4/92, 10/92, 5/93, 8/93, 14/93, 1/94, 4/94, 10/94, 12/94, 2/95, 3/95, 4/95, 1/96, and 1/00.
December 5, 2013 Technical /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-016
EC 225.10
EC 230.43
EC Article 110
EC Article 352
EC Article 355
This bulletin clarifies the acceptable use of Rigid Nonmetallic Conduit as permitted conduit for service-entrance conductors, outside feeders and outside branch circuits on buildings located in a corrosive environment.
December 9, 2013 Operational /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-017
BC 3319.4
RS 19-2 2.23.1
RS 19-2 3.0
RS 19-2 3.1
RS 19-2 3.2
This bulletin clarifies the process to file a certificate of approval application for a tower crane.
December 26, 2013 OTCR /
Buildings Bulletin
2013-018
BC 109.3.4
BC 703
BC 719
BC 803
AC 28-113.4
1 RCNY 101-14
This document establishes acceptance criteria for phase change material (PCM) as an alternative material not prescribed in the 2008 NYC Construction Codes.
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