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  • NJ A1270
  • Requires certain new residential buildings to have fire barriers in cocklofts, concrete or steel frames, and fire stops.
Introduced
(1/27/2016)
In Committee
(1/27/2016)
Crossed OverPassedSignedDead/Failed/Vetoed
2016-2017 Regular Session
This bill would require that certain new residential buildings have cockloft fire barriers, concrete or steel frames, and fire stops. The recent fire that destroyed much of a large apartment building in Edgewater and displaced about 1,000 people showed that the State's construction code needs to be bolstered to improve fire safety. This bill would codify several sensible construction requirements to help limit the spread of fires in residential buildings. The bill would require that walls with a fire-resistance rating of not less than three hours be installed in any common area lofts, attics, and cocklofts between adjoining dwelling units or building sections in new residential buildings with multiple adjoining units or sections, such as apartment buildings, condominiums, and townhomes. The bill would also require the frames be made of concrete or steel of such residential buildings with more than three stories. The bill would also require fire stops be installed on masonry walls at least every 30 feet of a building. The residential buildings subject to these fire safety requirements would be inspected for compliance with these requirements at least once every five years.
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Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee  (on 1/27/2016)
 
 

Date Chamber Action Description
1/27/2016 A Introduced, Referred to Assembly Housing and Community Development Committee
Date Motion Yea Nay Other
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