Proof Florida Product Approvals and NOA’s Don’t Require The Original Engineering Seal

We frequently get asked to re-seal our product approvals after they have been approved by the state.  They…


Starter List in Evaluating Your Building Component For Product Approvals & TER’s

Designers and manufacturers create building products based on how they think people will use them and conditions they…


PRODUCT APPROVALS ARE NOT ALWAYS REQUIRED! HERE’S WHY:

HERE'S 3 MYTHS ABOUT PRODUCT APPROVALS:   Background: Product evaluations (sometimes called “product approvals”, “ICC reports”, NOA’s or…


Phantom Screens: Is a Florida Product Approval Required?

Product Approvals for building components are the general rule in Florida.  Building officials, architects, insurance companies, even homeowners…


When is a Miami Dade NOA or FL Product Approval required, and how do TER’s & Master Plans Fit In?

FIRST, A WORD ABOUT FLORIDA & THE IBC Florida is one of few states leading the Product Evaluation…


Can an engineer design alternate anchorage for a Florida product approval or other product evaluation?

According to Section 1710.8.4 of the Florida Building Code Fifth Edition (2014), “Opening protection components, fasteners, and other…


2020 FBC Product Evaluation Updates

There are many updates to the Florida Building Code 7th Edition (2020), but several of them directly impact…


Florida Statewide Approvals (FSA) – Quality Assurance and Validator Requirements

It is often asked of us to explain the validator and quality assurance requirements of the Florida Statewide…


Master Plan Sheet – Product Evaluation – TER Explained

WHAT IS A MASTER PLAN SHEET / PRODUCT EVALUATION / TER? Think of a master plan sheet product…


How do I calculate the effective opening area on window or door products? – What opening area should be used for wind pressure determination on a multi-panel product?

The Building Codes in the US reference ASCE-7 for the design of the components and cladding of buildings…


Test Laboratories

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Engineering Firms To Consider

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CAD Drafting Guidelines for Engineering Express Plan Submissions

Engineering Express Drafting Shop Drawings – Tips & Tricks   We at Engineering Express pride ourselves with the…


What is the HVHZ – High Velocity Hurricane Zone – in Florida?

The High Velocity Hurricane Zone (or HVHZ) in Florida encompasses only Miami-Dade And Broward Counties.  It is a…


Is a large missile impact window or door automatically approved for small missile impact? (updated for 2020)

Overview (Update): Changes to the 2020 Florida Building Code for Porous Impact Protection Devices Porous Impact Protective Systems:…


Miami Dade NOA Revision vs Renewal & Fees Explained

As of January, 2018, here is an explanation from Miami Dade County's Product Approval System (Product Control) on…


When is an Engineer Seal Required, Why Do We Write ‘Draft’ on Unsealed Work, And About Digital Seals

In Florida (as well as many states): If an engineer produces a drawing that is not a final…


Job Submittal Checklist For Screened Enclosures, Open, & Enclosed Patios – Sunrooms

Engineering Express provides signed & sealed design plans for various types of screened enclosures, sun rooms, & open…


What are porosity and closure angles when defining a porous building opening?

Explanation In the event of a high wind event, it is the concern of building codes ASCE-7 and…


Can a Building Inspector or Plan Reviewer Deny The Use of a TER or Master Plan Sheet?

YES OR NO? While plan reviewers, inspectors, and other building officials have the authority to question any document…


What do I do if a TER or Master Plan isn’t enough for a permit?

THE BUILDING DEPARTMENT WON'T ACCEPT MY TECHNICAL EVALUATION REPORT (TER)? Sometimes, municipalities or contract documents require more information…


How do I get a Certified TER or Master Plan Sheet?

FIRST, WHAT'S A CERTIFIED TER & Master Plan Sheet? TER's or Technical Evaluation Reports and Master Plan Sheets…


What doesn’t a TER or Master Plan Sheet do?

FIRST, WHAT IS A TER? TER's or Technical Evaluation Reports are evaluation of a product's performance.  They are…


What is a TER and how is it used for permitting?

A TER or Technical Evaluation Report, is an engineering evaluation based on testing and/or rational analysis for the…


Should a professional utilize the ASD (“Allowable Stress Design”) method or the LRFD (“Load Resistance Factored Design”) method when calculating the required wind pressure for use with tested / approved systems?

Most all products are evaluated using the ASD method (unless noted otherwise). ASD method in, then ASD method…