New York Gov. George Pataki announced in March that the state has formally adopted the International Codes. It is anticipated that the newly adopted State Fire Prevention and Building Code may be used beginning July 2002. The announcement followed a meeting at which the State Fire Prevention and Building Code Council voted unanimously to adopt the International Codes.

"These comprehensive building and energy codes will ensure that our homes and workplaces are safe and energy efficient, while also spurring new construction and job opportunities across the state," said Gov. Pataki. "By reducing development costs and providing greater flexibility, these codes will provide a major incentive for new investment, construction and economic development in cities, towns and villages throughout New York."