Our Series on the 2022 New York City Building Code, Chapter 33, Safeguards During Construction or Demolition Continues…
Introducing BC 3303.7.7 – Special Provisions for Type IV Construction
A new section has been added to the code that is applicable to the construction of Class IV structures (colloquially known as “heavy timber” buildings). This section is extremely stringent and must be fully understood by any contractor erecting a Class IV building.
The general principle is to front-load the construction and enclosure (including FPSC doors) of the exit stairs and to provide the standpipe in those stairs, regardless of whether the building has reached a height of 75’ and regardless of whether the completed building will require a standpipe. It also requires the front loading of sprinklers, fire rating of structural connections, etc. Heat detectors will also be required to be installed and reported to a central location and monitored 24/7, either on or off-site. Watchperson requirements will be enhanced, requiring a fire watch even if the building footprint is less than 5,000 square feet. Any contractor erecting Class IV structures should thoroughly familiarize themselves with this section.
You can find the Chapter 33 Safeguards During Construction OR Demolition General Section here…
You can find Local Law 126, authorizing the revisions of these building codes here…
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The new Chapter 33 construction code revisions cover the following areas:
- Manufacturer specifications, design, and capacity
- Safeguards and Maintenance of the Site
- Soil and foundation work
- Material placement and installation
- Protection of pedestrians
- Unenclosed perimeter protection
- Protection of adjoining property
- Requirements for the construction or demolition of major buildings
If you’re doing major work in New York City, every one of these areas is part of your day-to-day.
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A Note About the effective dates of the 2022 New York City Building Code, Chapter 33, Safeguards During Construction or Demolition:
- The effective date of the 2022 Building Code (Local Law 126 of 2021) is November 7, 2022.
- Buildings Bulletin 2022-007 (Building Bulletins 2022 – Buildings governs when an application is subject to the 2022 codes vs prior codes.
- For Chapter 33/Safeguards During Construction or Demolition, the trigger date for jobs requiring a Site Safety Plan (SSP) is the approval date of the SSP.
- For jobs NOT requiring a SSP submission or not requiring a SSP at all, the trigger date is the submission date of the underlying work application (new building, alteration, etc).
- For phased SSP submissions, at least one complete phase (such as the foundation phase of a multi-phase project) must be approved before 11/07/22 to vest under the 2014 codes.
- Application submissions must be “substantially” complete, meaning, no incomplete “place holder” filings should be submitted for the sole purpose of vesting under a prior code.
- For temporary construction equipment, including fences, sidewalk sheds, scaffolds, cranes, chutes, etc., the trigger date is the date of submission of the temporary construction equipment application.
See full details in BB 2022-007