New Florida Building Code Provisions Effective July 1

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Changes to various sections of HB 535 are now in effect. The changes include the following items:

  • Clarification that certain swimming pools used for specific purposes are not subject to regulation;
  • The Florida Building Code (code) requires two fire service elevators for buildings in certain circumstances;
  • The location of standpipes in high-rise buildings are subject only to specified requirements;
  • Requirement of fire sprinklers in restaurants with a fire area occupancy load of 200 patrons or more
  • Additions of provisions to the code regarding fire separation distance and roof overhang projections
  • Authorization of local building officials to issue phased construction permits
  • Requirement completed building permit applications to be submitted electronically
  • Exemption of Wi-Fi smoke alarms and those that contain multiple sensors, such as those combined with carbon monoxide alarms, from the 10-year, no removable, nonreplaceable battery provision and provides requirements regarding alarm monitoring system registration
  • Authorization of mandatory blower door/air infiltration testing, effective July 1, 2017, and provides air change and infiltration rates
  • Creation of the Calder Sloan Swimming Pool Electrical-Safety Task Force and the Construction Industry Workforce Task Force
  • Allows a specific energy rating index as an option for compliance with the energy conservation code and directs the Florida Building Commission to study and determine if on-site renewable energy generation can be counted toward energy conservation goals under the code.

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