Source: The Raw Deal

As of next Wednesday, all architects in New York City will have to design new buildings in compliance with the 2008 building code, the city’s first major building code change since 1968.

Department of Buildings officials offered an overview of some of the new code requirements in a seminar at the Center for Architecture this morning. Among other changes, the new code has different fire safety standards than the previous code, written in 1968, said James Colgate, assistant commissioner for technical affairs and code development at DOB. The 2008 code allows for new technology, such as fire sprinklers and high-rise pressurized stairs, instead of the partitions required in the 1968 code.

Read the full article by Sary Polsky “DOB preps architects for new building code” on The Raw Deal (June 25, 2009)

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