International Building Code is Adopted
On March 6th, the NYSUFPBC Council voted to adopt the IBC, including the New York State enhancements. The official name of the new code is the "Building Code of New York State", based on the international family of codes. The Notice of Adoption will be effective July 3, 2002. Full implementation is required within 180 days after the Notice of Adoption. This means that from the filing of the date of the Notice of Adoption through the following 180 days building permits may be "filed" using either the present code or the new code. This provides a 180-day transition period in which designers may use either code. However, the entire design must be compliant with one of those codes. In other words, there may be no "mixing and matching" of these two codes involved in the design. The energy code will be effective as of the date of the Notice of Adoption. There is no transition for the energy code.
Therefore, beginning July 3, 2002, final plans and specifications received by our office may use either the present code or the new code for compliance and must use the new energy code. Beginning December 30, 2002, all projects received for final review must be fully designed and compliant with the IBC, including the New York State enhancements. Projects received before that date, no matter what the backlog is or date they are reviewed, may still use either the present code or the new code for compliance, along with the new energy code. The SED Manual of Planning Standards will continue to be required for compliance in all public school construction.