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July 2015


Many people have asked why the Florida Building Code changes editions so often. They feel that just when they get to know an edition of the code, it changes. The items included in the answer to that question are many and come from a lot of different areas. Florida statutes require the Florida Building Code to be updated every three years. This follows the updating of the base code, the International Building Code (IBC), which is the foundation for the Florida Building Code. Also, during the three-year period between editions, new materials become available; new products are introduced into the industry; and field experiences, such as disasters, create the need for change. 


The second most asked question asked is why it takes so long to change the code. Again, the reasons are many. Florida statutes require certain waiting and certain procedures in adopting a new edition of the Florida Building Code. For example, previously a new International Building Code base code had to be released six months before we could consider adopting it here in Florida. Florida rule making requirements also require certain hearings and time periods to elapse allowing the citizens of Florida to have access and input in the process. Conclusively, a new Florida Building Code has to be out for six months before becoming effective.

For a review on how the new code will effect your next project call Service Works, Your Full Service Roofing Contractor.          


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New Energy Conservation Code In Effect
Reprinted from the FRSA White Paper


The 2014 Florida Building Code Fifth Edition, Energy Conservation Code (FECC), takes effect on June 30, 2015 and roofing contractors need to familiarize themselves with the significant changes in the content of this code from the 2010 FECC. Included in the 2014 FECC are separate sections relating to residential and commercial energy efficiency and design criteria.

During a recent FRSA Codes and Regulatory Compliance Committee meeting, the 2014 FECC was reviewed in an effort to assist members with language found in the FECC. The committee is providing the following information about the subject matter to be considered carefully with the code sections related to roofing issues.

This information is being provided to the FRSA community for your own use in conjunction with the 2014 Florida Energy Conservation Code Fifth Edition. This White Paper is for information purposes only and is not intended as a code interpretation. Remember that only the Building Official can interpret the code and if you have any questions or are unclear about your responsibilities regarding energy compliance you should check with the authority that has jurisdiction in your area and/or where roof work is to be installed.

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The International Code Council (ICC) and the Florida Building Commission, which is housed within the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, have announced significant changes to the Florida Building Codes that reportedly will result in safer, sustainable buildings and homes. The updated building codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of June 30 or later.

Have questions about the new codes, call your local branch of Service Works, Your Full Service Roofing Contractor.
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