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Deadline is March 15, 2020
Our annual NYSBA Legislative Day will be Tuesday, May 5th in Albany. More details will follow, but mark your calendars now and plan to show the strength of New York’s Builders at the State Capitol!
When: May 5, 2020
Location :144 STATE ST, VARIOUS LEGISLATOR OFFICES, ALBANY, NY 12207-1605
Email: [email protected]
February 13 – NYSBA Board Meetings – Turning Stone Resort – Clubhouse Building – Verona, NY
9:00 a.m. Light Breakfast/NYSBA REF Board Meeting
9:45 a.m. LDF Board Meeting
10:15 a.m. PAC Board Meeting
10:45 a.m. NYSBA Board Meeting
On August 19th there will be a code council meeting in Albany. We believe this will be the final meeting to decide if Fire Sprinklers will be mandated for residential construction. It is very important to have a strong showing from us. We need to have as many people there as possible. You will not need to talk, simply fill seats.
This is important to us all.
Due to the overwhelming success of NAHB’s 2014 Bringing Housing Home Legislative Conference, the NAHB federation will once again be Bringing Housing Home and conducting in-district legislative meetings for 2015.
Show federal lawmakers the ECONOMIC POWER of the housing industry where they live, work and play during this week-long event of congressional meetings in YOUR HOME district.
Last August, Governor Cuomo signed Chapter 201 L.2014 into law. This law requires home builders to provide paperwork to prospective buyers on the benefits and costs of installing fire sprinklers in their homes.
The law states that the New York State will provide “written materials prepared by the Office Of Fire Prevention and Control, which details the benefits of and includes factors that can affect the costs associated with the installation and maintenance of automatic fire sprinkler systems.” While NYSBA is not thrilled with the final product, builders are still required to present the documentation to all prospective home buyers.
Here is a link to an online version of the brochure without the OFPC logo at the bottom. If you would like New York State to send you copies contact the Office of Fire Prevention and Control at (518) 545-6685 or by email.
NYSBA recommends that when you hand this document to the prospective home buyer, you include a sign-off sheet to show that you provided them with the proper documentation (for liability purposes).
Also, Executive Law § 382-b, as added by Chapter 353 of the Laws of 2014, provides that any person utilizing truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction for the erection of any new residential structure, for any addition to an existing residential structure, or for any rehabilitation of an existing residential structure must (1) notify the local government that will issue the building permit that truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction is being utilized and (2) affix a sign or symbol to the electric box, if any, on the exterior of the structure indicating that truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction has been used.
A new Part 1265 to Title 19 of the New York Codes, Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) has been adopted. The new Part 1265 prescribes (1) the form to be used to notify code enforcement officials that truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction is to be used in a residential structure; (2) the sign or symbol to be affixed to the exterior of a residential structure that has been constructed, added to or rehabilitated using truss type, pre-engineered wood or timber construction.
New Executive Law § 382-b does not apply, and this rule will not apply, in New York City.
NOTE: This rule was adopted as an emergency rule on December 30, 2014, and is currently in effect. A public hearing on the proposal to adopt this rule on a permanent basis will be held at 10:00 am on March 2, 2015 at 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY in Room 505.
Code Enforcement Officials should not issue a Certificate of Occupancy for a residential building that contains truss-type construction, pre-engineered wood construction or timber construction unless:
- the owner has notified the AHJ, on the form prescribed in the rule, that contains truss-type construction, pre-engineered wood construction or timber construction has been used and;
- the structure has the sign prescribed in the rule attached in the place prescribed in the rule.
Code Enforcement Officials may want to notify people who received a permit prior to January 1, 2015 but did not receive a Certificate of Occupancy prior to January 1, 2015, so that those people can file the required notice and affix the required sign before the final inspection.
The rule text is available by clicking here.
The Code Council was supposed to meet earlier this month to vote on moving to the 2015 International Residential Code and wether or not that would include a fire sprinkler mandate on all one and two family homes in New York State. The meeting was postponed due to the Council being unable to get a quorom. We are unsure when the next meeting will be held.
Currently the State Legislature is on “Winter Break” and we are asking members to take a few minutes to write your Senator and Assembly member and encourage them to contact the Code Council and tell them to oppose the fire sprinkler mandate.
State Senator Betty Little (R-Glens Falls) already has done this and we found her letter very effective. It would really help our case if we can get other Legislators to do this as well.
A link to our Voter Voice is located here.
As we continue to emphasize, home builders will always support stringent fire safety code changes when they make sense, such as hard-wired, battery operated, smoke alarms. However, as a society, we cannot afford to deny needed housing for the sake of new requirements without proven benefits. While they should remain an option for home owners who choose them, fire sprinklers in single-family homes are expensive to install, can be difficult to maintain and do not represent a cost-effective safety improvement over smoke alarm systems.
In the mean time, we have sent the Code Council three letters informing them of 69 incidences (and counting) of fire sprinklers bursting over the last five days.
These incidents make clear that there are unintended risks and costs associated with mandating fire sprinklers, and these costs are magnified for owners of one- and two-family homes.
If this mandate is approved by the Code Council, sprinklers will be required in spaces that do not currently
have domestic water. Most designs will require pipes to be in the ceilings, behind the sheet rock, and under the fiberglass insulation that will probably be disturbed at some point in the life of a home. This will almost guarantee a risk of freezing in Zone 5 and 6.
(Albany, NY) The New York State Builders Association (NYSBA) will have members traveling from across the state to Albany on Tuesday February 10th, to lobby on behalf of reforming New York’s pernicious Scaffold Law.
Many of our 2,500 members hope to convince Senators and Assembly members to support legislation that will allow the application of a comparative negligence standard in Labor Law 240 and 241(Scaffold Law) cases so that any employee’s negligence that contributed to any “gravity-related” injury may be considered in damage awards.
“NYSBA believes that any worker legitimately injured on the job due to negligence on the part of the builder, contractor or owner should be compensated accordingly but the current law does not provide a fair playing field for a builder that is facing a liability lawsuit” states NYSBA President William Tuyn.
“Under Scaffold Law, if a worker is injured on the job the builder or general contractor is held responsible even if the worker did something significant that contributed to his or her own injury.”
An employee who (1) failed to use safety devices furnished at the job site; (2) failed to comply with safety instructions of training; (3) were injured as a result of drug or alcohol impairment; or (4) were injured while committing a crime may have their damage award reduced by the percentage of fault attributable to him or her.
Workers who are injured on the job are usually compensated twice for the same injury with the worker collecting the maximum in workers’ compensation benefits while also collecting a six to seven figure award or settlement from a liability lawsuit. This increased risk has increased the cost of general liability insurance between 300%-600%, reduced coverage and driven carriers out of the state. It is now standard for builders’ insurers to require indemnification and additional insured clauses from all subcontractors however most subcontractors can ill afford these astronomically expensive liability policies to cover this indemnification. This limits the availability of reputable subcontractors and increases the cost of construction work.
NYSBA truly hopes that with a new speaker, who is not a trial attorney, New York State is finally ready to address this outdated and deleterious law and prove that New York is finally open for business.
Call to Action