New Building Code for New York
A new building code has just been adopted to make New York City a safer place in which to live.
It is the city’s first completely revised code of this kind in twenty-one years. It was passed after a delay of four years caused by obstruction of political and other interests, and becomes the law on January 1, 1958.
The Board of Aldermen enacted the bill and it became law when signed by Mayor LaGuardia. It is the result of painstaking effort and community cooperation. Outstanding engineers, architects and other specialists gave their services without stint to help draft the document, thus refuting the often heard statement that New Yorkers lack community interest.
Changing methods of construction and types of materials during recent years had caused much confusion under the heretofore existing code.
Fire prevention in all its phases is covered in the legislation. Fire-resistant roofing continues mandatory in new construction. The wooden shingle roof is barred entirely in new structures.
The ordinance insists that all materials in walls, flooring and foundations be subjected to the sternest fire tests before their use is permitted. Roofing on dwellings must be of fire-resistant material.