Sandy’s devastating aftermath prompts officials to seek NYC building code overhaul

Posted at 2:20 PM, Jun 13, 2013
and last updated 2013-06-13 15:17:46-04

NEW YORK (PIX11) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced plans to revise New York City’s building codes in wake of the extensive property damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last year.

Bloomberg along with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn disclosed the work of a commissioned task force on Thursday, encouraging the implementation of the changes that they say would better protect the city from future natural disasters.

“We have to be able to withstand and recover quickly from all hazards posed by climate change,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “The specific recommendations cover important ways to make every kind of building in the city safer from future storms.”

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Some of the proposed modifications for commercial and residential properties include installing wind resistant doors and windows, having backup power to light stair wells and hallways in blackouts, and ensure single-family homes to build in control valves to prevent any sewage backflow into basements.

However, these new rules would mostly affect new constructions and buildings that need major renovations, officials said.

Before anything could go into effect, officials said, the project needs the approval of the City Council.

The announcement of revision plan comes days after Bloomberg proposed a $20 billion plan to protect New York City’s coastlines from severe weather.

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