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Press Release

For Immediate Release
September 20, 2007


Experts to Lead Training Sessions to Educate Real Estate Industry and Public

Buildings Commissioner Patricia J. Lancaster, FAIA, today launched a citywide training initiative to provide members of the industry and the public with a working knowledge of the new NYC Construction Codes. The initiative includes training sessions focused on the differences between the new NYC Construction Codes and the current NYC Building Code. The initiative is designed to ensure the stakeholders who will use the Codes on a daily basis have a solid understanding of the new Codes before they go into effect on July 1, 2008.

As part of this initiative, a training session will be held tonight at the New York Society of Architects' 27th Professional Technical Forum in Manhattan. Tonight's session, led by Buildings Deputy Commissioner and Chief Code Engineer Fatma Amer, Executive Architect James Colgate, and Technical Affairs Architects Keith Wen and John Lee will focus on specific technical chapters and include discussion of new use and occupancy classifications, height and area limitations, and the types of construction outlined in the new Codes.

“Enacting the new NYC Construction Codes in July was a historic moment for the Buildings Department,” said Commissioner Lancaster. “We spent four years working hand and hand with dedicated professionals from industry, real estate, labor, government, and academia to overhaul and modernize New York City's 40-year-old Building Code. Now we need them to come back to the table to assist us in ensuring that everyone is brought up to speed. I want to thank the New York Society of Architects for hosting today's training and call on our industry's leaders to follow suit in offering to host future training sessions as we prepare New York for the debut of the new codes.”

The Department's outreach initiative will focus on training staff at professional organizations within the industry so that they may in turn train their own memberships. The Department will also update its website in the coming weeks to provide training materials for industry members to educate themselves. In these ways, the Department expects to leverage public expertise to achieve the greatest impact possible.

The new NYC Construction Codes, enacted by Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg in July, were modeled after the International Building Code and modified to meet the unique needs of New York City's dense urban environment. The Codes will go into effect on July 1, 2008; however professionals will have the option to use either the old NYC Building Code or the new NYC Construction Codes for the first year. Beginning July 1, 2009, the new NYC Construction Codes will be mandated for all new construction.

To learn more about the new NYC Construction Codes and upcoming training sessions, visit the Buildings Department website at and follow the link to the “Model Code Program.”

Contact: Kate Lindquist/Caroline Sullivan, Buildings Department   (212) 566-3473


The New York City Department of Buildings ensures the safe and lawful use of buildings and properties by enforcing the Building Code and Zoning Resolution. We facilitate development with integrity, efficiency and professionalism.

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