State: Florida

Florida Building Code – Rule Hearing June 2, 2020

The Florida Building Commission will hold a rule hearing June 2, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. or as soon as thereafter as the matter comes before the Florida Building Commission in accordance with its agenda. The hearing will be held via teleconference/webinar. The purpose of the hearing is to accept public input regarding the proposed 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building Code. (more…)

Important Dates ENERGY STAR Tax Credit

As you may be aware, late last year Congress extended the $1,000 tax credit for each ENERGY STAR home completed through 2020 and made the credit retroactive to include homes completed in 2018 and 2019. During this period, we launched Version 2 of the ENERGY STAR requirements. SBRA is currently developing program rules that will apply to Version 2 homes. We will post information as it becomes available.  (more…)

Florida Building Code (FBC) – 7th Edition (2020) Update

This is to inform you that early next year the Florida Building Commission is planning to hold rule development workshop(s) for the purpose of accepting public input regarding the proposed Supplements to the 6th Edition (2017) Florida Building Code (FBC) (specific dates and further information regarding the workshop(s) will follow soon). The combination of the 6th Edition (2017) FBC (more…)

Florida amendments to the NFPA 1-2018 and NFPA 101-2018

The Florida Bureau of Fire Prevention is seeking written comments and proposals for Florida specific amendments to the NFPA 1-2018 and NFPA 101-2018 to launch the development of the 7th Edition (2020) Florida Fire Prevention Code. The comment period ends July 1, 2019 @ 5:00, more information, including the official proposal/comment form can be accessed….. More ›› (more…)

Florida Technical Advisory Committee Meetings

The Florida Building Commission has scheduled eleven Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings where the proposed modifications submitted for the second phase of the 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building Code development cycle will be reviewed and voted on. The complete schedule with dates, locations, (more…)

Florida Building Code 7th Edition (2020) Update

Please find the latest information as received by the Florida Building Codes and Standards regarding the 7th Edition (2020) Update to the Florida Building Code. Outcomes from the October 8, 2018 Florida Building Commission “Commission” meeting regarding the review of the 2018 changes to the International Codes (I-Codes), are now posted and available for review. The proposed code amendment cycle to the 7th Edition (2020) update to the Florida Building Code (FBC) will (more…)

Habitable Attic Egress Requirements

Please be aware of the definition and egress requirements of a habitable attic as it relates to dwellings built from the 2012 IRC. The 2009 and 2015 IRC verbiage is similar and still applicable. Attics that meet the size and ceiling height criteria of the “Habitable Attic” definition in Chapter 2 are considered habitable. This is applicable to finished and unfinished spaces. Habitable attics require a vertical access and emergency escape and rescue opening. Vertical access can be a fixed internal stair, ramp, or exterior stair. (more…)

Florida Building Code timeline and work plan for the development of the 7th Edition (2020)

Notification as received from NEMA. The timeline and work plan for the development of the 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building Code has been approved and published by the Florida Building Commission. The notification below provides links to review the three-year work plan, TAC meeting schedules, live TAC meetings, and TAC processes.  Changes recommended for incorporation into the 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building Code will be considered and voted on (more…)

Florida Building Code now accepting updated plans for the 6th Edition (2017)

This is to inform you that the 6th Edition (2017), Florida Building Code (FBC), is slated to go into effect December 31, 2017. As per Section 458, Manufactured Buildings, of the 6th Edition (2017), FBC, updating currently approved plans to the new code must adhere to the following code (more…)

Florida Building Code Resources available online

The 2018 I- Codes [the International Building Code (IBC), the International Fuel Gas Code (IFGC), the International Existing Building Code (IEBC), the International Mechanical Code (IMC), the International Plumbing Code (IPC), the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Energy Conservation (more…)