The proposed regulations, known as the National Fire Protection5000 code, requires developers to follow stricter building codesthat opponents say could make the cost of new construction andrenovation projects in Phoenix skyrocket. "It could potentiallyhave such a cost impact, that a new builder might not be able tobuild because it would be cost prohibitive," Kevin Rude, presidentof the Phoenix Chapter of the Building Owners and ManagersAssociation, tells

The city council is expected to vote on the new codes within thenext two months with implementation scheduled for early spring,Rude said. A representative from the city council's office did notreturn telephone calls seeking comment.

Among the more controversial aspects of the proposal is arequirement that would increase the width of office buildingstairwells by 12 inches. Rude said that if that requirement isenacted, it could mean renovation projects may also beaffected.

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