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Building Officials Notices
Topics of Interest
Hurricane Mitigation Retrofit Requirements Rule Filed
The Florida Building Commission's mitigation measures rule was filed with the Department of State on October 25, 2007 and according to Chapter 2007-126, Laws of Florida, will "take immediate effect".
The Board of Rules and Appeals (BORA) provided an interpretation on October 18, 2007 regarding the applicability of Florida Statute 553.844 and issues involving secondary water barrier requirements
Check with your municipal Building Official to determine what additional documentation, substantiation, permits and inspections are necessary to comply with these new Hurricane Mitigation Retrofit requirements.
Security Bar Safety
The security bars that you install to provide safety for you and your family may in fact create a death trap in case of a fire. Security bars which are not properly installed in accordance with the building code may prevent occupants from escaping or rescue personnel from responding in the case of fire.
Swimming Pool Barrier Requirements
The Pool Barrier presentation fully explains the laws which regulate swimming pool barriers.
Florida Comprehensive Hurricane Damage Mitigation Program
During the 2006 Legislative Session, the Florida Legislature approved legislation that directs the Florida Department of Financial Services to create a new program to help Floridians strengthen their homes against hurricanes and to reduce hurricane damage exposure in our state.
Air Conditioning Units Changeouts
Outdoor and indoor units that are not designed to be operated together must meet the U.S. Department of Energy certification requirements contained in FBC Section 13-607.A.B.C.3.1.1. This match may be verified by any one of the following methods:
- Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) data
- Test from an accredited Laboratory (example: ARL labs)
- Data furnished by the manufacturer
- Letter from a State of Florida licensed Professional Engineer
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas.
FBC 2007. 913.1 and R313.4 Carbon monoxide protection. Every building for which a permit for new construction is issued having a fossil-fuel-burning heater or appliance, a fireplace or an attached garage shall have an operational carbon monoxide alarm installed within 10 feet (3048 mm) of each room used for sleeping purposes.
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