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For Immediate Release
February 29, 2008

BUILDINGS DEPARTMENT HOSTS COMPREHENSIVE TRAINING SESSION ON
THE NEW NYC CONSTRUCTION CODES

Code Experts Discuss Streamlined Changes in
Preparation for July Effective Date

Buildings Commissioner Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA, today hosted a comprehensive public training seminar on the New NYC Construction Codes, continuing the citywide training initiative launched by the Department last September.  The New NYC Construction Codes adopt a user-friendly, nationally-recognized format and represent the first major overhaul of New York City's Building Code in 40 years.  More than 1,000 people attended today's public seminar at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan.  This program provided a working knowledge of the New Codes and the administrative changes associated with them before they go into effect July 1, 2008.  The New NYC Construction Codes govern new construction and encompass critical administrative changes in the Building Code that broaden the Department's enforcement and oversight. 

"Four years ago, we partnered with dedicated professionals from industry, real estate, labor, government and academia to overhaul New York City's outdated and cumbersome Building Code.  The New NYC Construction Codes will bring enhanced safety, savings and innovation to the construction process and build the foundation for a safe, sustainable New York," said Commissioner Lancaster.  "We now are working as quickly as we can to educate the public and construction industry to ensure that they are prepared when the New Codes become effective in July."

Code experts from the Department's Technical Affairs Unit and General Counsel's Office led today's training.  The focus was on differences between the 1968 Building Code currently in use and the New NYC Construction Codes, with special attention given to new technical requirements.  The seminar also included discussion of new enforcement provisions, the replacement of controlled inspections with "special inspections," and how the New Codes streamline the acceptance process for new materials. 

Today's event was the largest training on the New NYC Construction Codes to-date.  The Buildings Department will continue to partner with industry organizations to provide additional training opportunities in coming months.  In September 2007, the Buildings Department launched a citywide training initiative to educate members of the industry and the public on the New NYC Construction Codes.  This initiative has focused on training staff at professional organizations so that they may in turn train their own members.  Over the past five months, Buildings Technical experts have participated in over 20 training sessions and posted training presentations on the Department's website.

Signed into law by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in July 2007, the New NYC Construction Codes were modeled after the International Code Council's International Building Code and modified to meet the unique needs of New York City's dense urban environment.  Enhancing building safety, promoting sustainable design and increasing the enforcement tools available to the Buildings Department, the New NYC Construction Codes become effective July 1, 2008.  While administrative and enforcement provisions of the New Codes will be mandated on July 1, 2008, new construction will not be required to be designed under the New Codes until July 1, 2009.

To learn more about the New NYC Construction Codes and upcoming training sessions, visit the Buildings Department website at www.nyc.gov/buildings and follow the link to the "NYC Construction Codes" section.  A quick reference chapter-by-chapter comparison between the 1968 Building Code currently in use and the New NYC Construction Codes is also available in this section. 

Contact:     Kate Lindquist/Carly Sullivan (212) 566-3473

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