Important changes affecting the 2014 New York City Department of Buildings code for Special Inspections

By AMAA
16 June 2014 | 10 min read

Clarification of Smoke Control Systems Inspections

Smoke Control Systems

The 2014 NYC Building Code clarifies that a Mechanical Systems Inspection is required for post-fire smoke purge systems that are not required to function as smoke control systems.

"Post-fire smoke purge systems that are not required to function as a smoke control system shall be permitted to be inspected pursuant to the special inspection requirements of Section 1704.16 "

Read more on the NYC DOB site.

Other Changes & Additions

5 Brand New Inspections

  • Structual Steel Details - BC 1704.3.2
  • Helical Piles - BC 1704.8.5
  • Mastic and Intumescent Fire-resistant Coatings - BC 1704.12
  • High Temperature Hot Water Piping (Welding) - BC 1704.18
  • Post-Installed Anchors - BC 1704.32

16 Inspection Name Changes

2008: Photoluminescent Exit Path Markings
2014: Luminous Egress Path Markings

2008: Emergency Power Systems (Generators)
2014: Emergency and Standby Power Systems (Generators)

2008: Structural Steel – Erection & Bolting
2014: Structural Steel – High Strength Bolting

2008: Soils – Site Preparation
2014: Subgrade Inspection

2008: Soils – Fill Placement & In-Place Density
2014: Subsurface Conditions – Fill Placement & In-Place Density

2008: Soils – Investigations (Borings/Test Pits)
2014: Subsurface Investigations (Borings/Test Pits)

2008: Pile Foundations & Drilled Pier Installation
2014: Deep Foundation Elements

2008: Pier Foundations
2014: Vertical Masonry Foundation Elements

2008: Structural Safety - Structural Stability
2014: Structural Stability – Existing Buildings

2008: Excavation - Sheeting, Shoring, and Bracing
2014: Excavations

2008: Soil Percolation Test - Drywell
2014: Soil Percolation Test - Private On-Site Storm Water Drainage Disposal Systems and Detention Facilities

2008: Soil Percolation Test - Septic
2014: Soil Percolation Test - Individual On-Site Private Sewage Disposal Systems

2008: Site Storm Drainage Disposal and Detention System Installation
2014: Private On-Site Storm Water Drainage Disposal Systems and Detention Facilities Installation

2008: Septic System Installation
2014: Individual On-Site Private Sewage Disposal Systems Installation

2008: Firestop, Draftstop, and Fireblock systems
2014: Fire-resistant Penetrations and Joints

2008: Concrete Test Cylinders
2014: Concrete Field Testing