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New laws on building rules

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Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 6:16 pm, Wed Nov 27, 2013.

Six new laws designed to make buildings more resilient when hit by storms such as Hurricane Sandy were signed by Mayor Bloomberg last week.

The measures all stem from recommendations made by the city’s Building Resiliency Task Force. And they use new flood maps created by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as the standard for what areas are susceptible to deluges like those created by Sandy in South Queens, the Rockaways and other areas. Some rules affect new construction and some affect existing buildings.

One law requires that owners of multifamily dwellings who do not live in them to post notices as to whether their building is in a hurricane evacuation zone and where the nearest evacuation center is located.

Another requires hospitals and other healthcare facilities in flood zones to locate patient care areas and spaces used for sleeping above the flood elevation.

A third measure requires that buildings in flood-prone areas place infrastructure such as fuel storage and fire-extinguishing systems above the minimum flood level designated by city code.

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