Since early 2011, numerous code officials and professionals have been hard at work developing the next edition of the Florida Building Code – the 2013 Florida Building Code – scheduled for public release this summer and activated as law by the end of the year. The upcoming changes to the codes and regulations were developed, amended, administered and will be enforced by more than 400 local jurisdictions and state agencies with building code regulation responsibilities. The current Code is a single statewide code based on national model codes and consensus standards, amended for Florida specific needs for the design and construction of buildings. It’s also designed to make the local building process more efficient, increase accountability, bring new and safer products to the market, increase consumer confidence, and better protect the residents of our natural-disaster prone state.
What’s changing in the 2014 Florida Building Code, structurally speaking?
- ACI Concrete Code – 2011 Edition now adopted
- AISC Steel Code – 13th Edition now adopted
- AISI Light-Gauge Steel Code – 2007 Edition now adopted
- ADM Aluminum Design Manual – 2010 Edition now adopted
- NDS Wood Design Manual – 2012 Edition now adopted
- Mechanical equipment on the roof must be certified for wind cabinetry integrity (enforcement increased)
- Residential/IRC – adapting the IRC to Florida (high wind area)
- Building/Residential – Florida specific wind resistance / water infiltration / flood standards / roofing / window and door testing and labeling
- And more….
Key dates to know:
- June 1, 2014 – Fire Marshall to complete 2013 Florida Fire Code
- June 15, 2014 – Florida Building Commission for final ruling and vote per Florida statute
- June 30, 2014 – International Code Council to provide Florida edition of the IBC Code online to begin the 6-month minimum before Florida Code’s effective date
- June 31, 2015 – The 2014 Florida Building Code scheduled to take effect; all products and projects permitted after this date must be in compliance with all changes
Important Comments and Additional Information:
- The above dates may be subject to change depending on the Florida Building Commission, the Florida Legislature, and the Florida Governor.
- The Florida Legislature has the ability to pass a law that affects the start date of the new building code.
- The Florida Governor must set the effective date of the Florida Administrative Code (which contains the Florida Building Code)
Where You Can Find Out More:
- Look it up directly – The 2013 Florida Building Code, code development tracking: http://www.floridabuilding.org/fbc/thecode/2013_Code_Development_Process.html
- See all changes at once – Compare exactly what changed and why for each type of code – http://www.floridabuilding.org/fbc/Links_to_Code_Resources.html
- Email us about it – You can always email us at any time to get more information, just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
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