Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Fla. building codes updated for ADA, more

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Fla. building codes updated for ADA, more
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Nov. 15, 2011 – The International Code Council and the Florida Building Commission, housed within the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR), have announced “significant changes” to the Florida Building Codes.

Now available, the new “2010 Florida Building Codes – Building, Test Protocols for High Velocity Hurricane Zone, Residential, Plumbing, Mechanical, Energy Conservation, Fuel Gas and Existing Building” – is based on the 2009 International Codes, and includes a number of updates from both the International Code Council and the Florida Building Commission.

The 2010 Florida Accessibility Code is available online in a viewable PDF format at, and the complete codes will be available early next year.

One of the most visible changes to the 2010 codes is the integration of the 2010 Federal Americans with Disabilities Act requirements within the 2010 Florida Accessibility Code.

The Florida Building Commission also centralized all energy provisions, including the energy provisions formerly located in Chapter 13 of the Building Code and Chapter 11 of the Residential Code, thus creating the 2010 Florida Energy Conservation Code to promote ease of use and application.

The new code also includes revisions to wind- and flood-design provisions found in Chapter 16 of the Building Code. In accordance with the new American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE 7-2010, the standard creates a new wind map for the state.

The updated Florida State Building Codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of March 15, 2012, or later. More information is available on the International Code Council’s website at or the Florida Building Commission’s website at

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