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Code Alert: New York, 25 January 2010

Proposals to update the New York State Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and State Energy Conservation Construction Code were published in the January 13, 2010 edition of the New York State Register. This begins the public comment period, which will end on March 15, 2010. The New York State Department of State, Division of Code Enforcement and Administration will hold public hearings throughout the State, where interested parties can comment on the proposals. Public comments can also be submitted to: Raymond Andrews, R.A., Department of State, Division of Code Enforcement and Administration, 99 Washington Ave., Suite 1160, Albany, NY 12231-0001. Comments received during this period will be presented for final consideration by the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council at its April 1, 2010 meeting. The public hearings will be held as follows:

March 1, 2010 - 10:00 a.m.

Department of State

99 Washington Avenue - Conf. Rm. #505

Albany, New York

March 2, 2010 - 10:00 a.m.

Perry B. Duryea Jr. State Office Building, Classroom #2 & #3

250 Veterans Memorial Highway

Hauppauge, New York

March 3, 2010 - 1:00 p.m.

Hughes State Office Building, Main Hearing Room - 1st Floor

333 East Washington Street

Syracuse, New York

March 4, 2010 - 10:00 a.m.

Amherst Town Hall, Council Chambers - Upper Level

5583 Main Street

Williamsville, New York

The proposals are based upon provisions of the 2006 editions of the International Residential Code, International Building Code, International Plumbing Code, International Mechanical Code, International Fuel Gas Code, International Fire Code, International Property Maintenance Code, International Existing Building Code and the 2009 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code. New York State modifications have been integrated with provisions of the International Codes to create the 2010 editions of the Uniform Fire Prevention and Building Code and State Energy Conservation Construction Code.

Modifications affecting the electrical industry are as follows. The 2006 International Building Code and the 2006 International Existing Building Code have been modified to reference the 2008 National Electrical Code. The 2006 International Residential Code, Part VIII - Electrical Provisions has been replaced with Part VIII of the 2009 International Residential Code. Part VIII - Electrical Provisions is a compilation of provisions extracted from the National Electrical Code (NEC). Part VIII of the 2006 IRC edition is based upon the 2005 NEC and the 2009 IRC edition is based upon the 2008 NEC. An additional New York State modification adds a new section 3301.2.1 to Chapter 33 of the IRC, which is titled "Compliance" and states that compliance shall be demonstrated by either meeting the requirements of Part VIII of the IRC or meeting the requirements of the 2008 National Electrical Code. This modification allows the regulated party to determine which Code to use. The "regulated party" is the individual that is applying for the permit. Inspectors will have to be conversant in both the NYS RC (based on the 08 NEC) and the 2008 NEC.

Contact: Gil Moniz: gilmoniz@nema.org


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