City OKs new building rules to protect against next Sandy

TRD New York /
Nov.November 15, 2013 03:15 PM

City Council approved a handful of new building requirements that aim to prevent some of the problems that arose during Hurricane Sandy.

Under the new rules, residential buildings must have faucets in common areas so that residents on all floors have some access to water during blackouts. Existing hospitals and nursing homes in flood zones must install hookups enabling quick generator and boiler connections. And the passed a new law that eases the process of installing backup generators and ones that run on natural gas — thought to be a cleaner, more reliable power source than diesel fuel. Also, temporary flood barriers on sidewalks are now allowed.

While the hookup rule is effective immediately, it was not clear when the other regulations will go into effect.

Implementing the new requirements could be costly, forcing a 20-story co-op to spend $16,000 for the required once common faucet per 100 residents. But even so, property owners have reportedly been supportive after the struggles they faced during last year’s storm. [NYT]Julie Strickland


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Council member Laurie Cumbo  and a rendering of the Bedford-Union Armory (Getty; Bedford Armory)

Student suspended after blasting lawmaker’s pro-development stance

Student suspended after blasting lawmaker’s pro-development stance
Andrew Kimball and Carlos Menchaca with a rendering of Industry City (Getty)

Where’s the mayor? Council members say de Blasio’s MIA on Industry City rezoning

Where’s the mayor? Council members say de Blasio’s MIA on Industry City rezoning
City Council members Carlos Menchaca and Robert Cornegy with Public Advocate Jumaane Williams (Getty, iStock)

City Council vote could again delay construction safety training requirements

City Council vote could again delay construction safety training requirements
City Council members Debi (Deborah) Rose (right) and Brad Lander (Getty, iStock)

Council bill to reopen day care centers would be boost for landlords

Council bill to reopen day care centers would be boost for landlords
New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and Mayor Bill de Blasio (Getty)

City’s housing plan suffers major blow in “painful” budget

City’s housing plan suffers major blow in “painful” budget
Kalman Yeger and Corey Johnson (Facebook)

City Council passes limited property tax reprieve, disappointing landlords

City Council passes limited property tax reprieve, disappointing landlords
New York State Senators Brad Hoylman and Liz Krueger and City Council member Ritchie Torres

Tune in tonight to hear from state and city pols on TRD Talks Live

Tune in tonight to hear from state and city pols on TRD Talks Live
Brooklyn Councilmember Justin Brannan 

NYC pol aims to curb Amazon-style warehouses

NYC pol aims to curb Amazon-style warehouses
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...