NYC approves building codes geared toward major storms, emergencies

11/19/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

The New York City Council has approved rules designed to make buildings more accommodating to residents during major storms and other emergencies. The changes include adding generator hookups in certain hospitals and nursing homes as well as installing faucets in laundry rooms and other common areas of buildings at least five stories tall so residents have access to water if electric pumps fail. The rules were based on recommendations submitted by a task force created in light of superstorm Sandy.

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