The Florida Building Code (Building commission rule 61G20-3.001) requires certain products be tested and registered with the state of Florida through their statewide product approval system. There are only some product types that require this type of approval, and this is within habitable space:
(1) Products in the following categories as defined by subcategories of subsection 61G20-3.002(33) [pasted below], F.A.C., shall be available for approval by the Commission pursuant to Rule 61G20-3.007, F.A.C., for use in the state:
- Panel Walls
- Exterior Doors
- Roofing Products
- Structural components
- Impact Protection Systems(2) This rule applies to approval of products and systems, which comprise the building envelope and structural frame, for compliance with the structural requirements of the Florida Building Code.
Outside of those products, a Statewide Florida Product Approval is optional and in many cases isn’t even applicable.
Miami Dade NOA’s, contrary to popular understanding, are in themselves NOT approved as a statewide product approval. NOA’s also permit more evaluation categories than Florida’s system, but still don’t encompass every product type. NOA’s are adopted either by registering them with the state system (if they can apply) or by a process called a Local Product Approval (see FS 553.8425). Other evaluations (such as TER’s) are also permitted through this same local approval process, and in many cases can be approved just by the engineer rational analysis and evaluation per code.
…It’s just been a longstanding myth that an “NOA” is required for all products…
A TER is a product evaluation by a registered professional engineer pursuant to the above codes. They represent a code-compliant interpretation of a product from testing and/or rational analysis and valid per code. No NOA or FL approval is necessary and for many TER types not even applicable.
Click here for more about Florida Building Code Product Approvals from their website.
(23) Product means any individual type of manufactured goods, system or method of construction.
(24) Product Approval:
State product approval means the approval of a product or system of construction by the Commission for acceptance of a product on a state or regional basis consistent with an evaluation conducted pursuant to Rule 61G20-3.005, F.A.C. In addition, this includes the approval of a product by the Department pursuant to paragraph 61G20-3.007(1)(d), F.A.C.
(33) Subcategory of product or construction system means a specific functionality:
(a) For exterior door:
- Exterior door assemblies: roll-up, sectional, sliding, swinging, automatic; pre-engineered roof access hatches; and products introduced as a result of new technology;
- Exterior door components and products introduced as a result of new technology;
(b) For windows: awning, casement, dual action, double hung, single hung, fixed, horizontal slider, projected, pass through, mullions, and products introduced as a result of new technology;
(c) For panel walls: siding, soffits, exterior insulation finish system (EIFS), storefronts, curtain walls, wall louver, glass block, and products introduced as a result of new technology;
(d) For roofing products: built up roofing, modified bitumen roof system, single ply roof systems, spray applied polyurethane roof system, roofing fasteners, roofing insulation, asphalt shingles, wood shingles and shakes, roofing slate, roof tile adhesives, cements-adhesives-coatings, liquid applied roof systems, underlayments, metal roofing, roofing tiles, waterproofing, roofing accessories that are an integral part of the roofing system and products introduced as a result of new technology;
(e) For shutters: accordion, Bahama, storm panels, fabric storm panel, colonial, roll-up, pre-engineered equipment, protection, and products introduced as a result of new technology;
(f) For skylights: skylight, and products introduced as a result of new technology; and
(g) For structural components: truss plates, wood connectors, anchors, exterior coolers-freezers, insulation form systems, engineered lumber, pre-engineered air conditioner stands, structural wall components, and roof deck, and products introduced as a result of new technology.
(h) For impact protective systems include types that are fixed, operable, or removable.