The Construction Codes Revision Bill, Local Law 126 of 2021, was enacted on November 7, 2021, by the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). The bill, which will take effect on November 7, 2022, is an amendment completing the most recent code revision cycle for the city.

The bill is summarized by the city of New York as:

 “A Local Law to amend the administrative code of the city of New York, the New York city plumbing code, the New York city building code, the New York city mechanical code and the New York city fuel gas code in relation to bringing such codes and related provisions of law up to date with the 2015 editions of the international building, mechanical, fuel gas and plumbing codes, with differences that reflect the unique character of the city…”

Of the 110+ New York engineers who served on the DOB’s technical and managing committees to assist in the revisions, eight were from GMS: David Hoy, Eugene Kim, Jennifer Lan, Jessica Mandrick, Joseph Mugford, Jonathan Hernandez, Karl Rubenacker, and Ramon Gilsanz. Altogether, GMS participated in the DOB Structural Technical, Special Inspections Advisory, Flood-Resistant Construction Advisory, and Managing Committees for the Construction Codes Revision Cycle. The committee members spent countless hours reviewing the documentation to ensure the appropriate revisions were noted and necessary amendments were made for the betterment of the engineering community.

We are honored to have been part of the process of revising the code, which will improve building construction standards for new buildings and resolve issues relating to the codes for altering existing buildings. Overall, the revisions made will help create a more cost-effective, sustainable, innovative, and safe environment for the workers and residents of New York City.

Access the entire bill here to learn more.