PUBLIC LAW 102-522—OCT. 26, 1992 106 STAT. 3415 employee office building are protected by automatic sprinkler systems or an equivalent level of safety. "(c) HOUSING. — (I)(A) No Federal funds may be used for the construction, purchase, lease, or operation by the Federal Government of housing in the United States for Federal employees or their dependents unless— "(i) in the case of a multifamily property acqmred or rebuilt by the Federal Government after the date of enactment of this section, the housing is protected, before occupancy by FedereJ employees or their dependents, by an automatic sprinkler system (or equivalent level of safety) and hard-wired smoke detectors; and "(ii) in the case of any other housing, the housing, before— "(I) occupancy by the first Federal employees (or their dependents) who do not occupy such housing as of such date of enactment; or "(11) the expiration of 3 years after such date of enactment, whichever occurs first, is protected by hard-wired smoke detectors. "(B) Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to supersede any guidelines or requirements applicable to housing for Federal employees that call for a higher level of fire safety protection than is required under this paragraph. (2)(A)(i) Housing assistance may not be used in connection with any newly constructed multifamily property, unless after the new construction the multifamily property is protected by an automatic sprinkler system and hard-wired smoke detectors. "(ii) For purposes of clause (i), the term 'newly constructed multifamily property* means a multifamily property of 4 or more stories above groimd level— "(1) that is newly constructed after the date of enactment of this section; and "(11) for which (a) housing assistance is used for such new construction, or (b) a binding commitment is made, before commencement of such construction, to provide housing assistance for the newly cc»nstructed property. "(iii) Clause (i) shall not apply to any multifamily property for which, before such date of enactment, a binding commitment is made to provide housing assistance for the new construction of the property or for the newly constructed property. "(B)(i) Except as provided in clause (ii), housing assistance may not be used in connection with any rebuilt multifamily property, unless after the rebuilding the multifamily property complies with the chapter on existing apartment buildings of National Fire Protection Association Standard 101 (known as the Life Safety Code), as in effect at the earlier of (I) the time of any approval by the Department of Housing and Urban Development of the specific plan or budget for rebuilding, or (11) the time that a binding commitment is made to provide housing assistance for the rebuilt property. "(ii) If any rebuilt multifamily property is subject to, and in compliance with, any provision of a State or local fire safety standard or code that prevents compliance with a specific provision of National Fire Protection Association Standard 101, the requirement under clause (i) shall not apply with respect to such specific provision.