A recent article in USA Today looks at the history behind Florida’s building codes after Hurricane Andrew, which hammered South Florida back in 1992 and is considered one of the costliest disasters in U.S. history. A statewide mandatory building code took effect in 2002 in response to Hurricane Andrew’s devastation, but recent legislative changes enacted this year to Florida’s code development process in the state has raised concerns from opponents that it will open the door, if you will, to weaker building codes.
EPA Approves ANSI as a Recognized Accreditation Body under the Formaldehyde Emission Standards for Composite Wood Products Rule
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an accreditation body (AB) to provide services under the EPA’s Formaldehyde Emissions Standards for Composite Wood Products rule.
ANSI is one of four ABs recognized by EPA to provide accreditation services under the final rule, which is intended to reduce exposure to formaldehyde emissions from certain wood products produced domestically or imported into the United States. The rule includes formaldehyde emission standards applicable to hardwood plywood, medium-density fiberboard, and particleboard, and finished goods containing these products, that are sold, supplied, offered for sale, or manufactured (including imported) in the United States.
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Florida legislature updates building code adoption procedures – The state’s building commission finalizes adoption of the 2015 edition of the International Codes.
On June 23, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law House Bill 1021 to modify the code adoption process for Florida. This law provides that the Florida Building Commission continue to update the Florida Building Code on a three-year cycle and adopt updates based on the International Code Council’s family of model codes (International Codes or I-Codes) and the National Electrical Code. Also last week, the commission finalized the sixth edition of the Florida Building Code. The new edition of the state code is based on the 2015 I-Codes and will be effective on Dec. 31.
House Bill 1021 is intended to simplify the code adoption process in Florida by allowing the Florida Building Commission to avoid the need to amend requirements not applicable to Florida that were addressed in the previous update cycle, such as the deletion of snow loads. In addition, wind and flood provisions will continue to be updated in order to comply with the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s policies for public disaster assistance, and the commission will consistently review and adopt updates based on the latest International Energy Conservation Code to maintain the Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction.
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Legislation (House Bill 1021) making major changes to Florida’s building code process got bundled with more than a dozen other changes in construction law this past session. There are concerns from the insurance industry and others that the legislation could lead to a patchwork of requirements and higher insurance costs.
Florida home builders pushed for the legislation, which they said would streamline future changes to the building code. “It doesn’t (weaken) the code in any shape, form or fashion,” said Rusty Payton, the CEO of the Florida Home Builders Association. “All it does is change the process by which we adopt future changes.”
House Bill 1021 is currently on Gov. Rick Scott’s desk.
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Update: Comments Closed as of June 19th
WMA’s Voluntary Standard, ANSI/WMA 100-2016, “Standard Method of Determining Structural Performance Ratings of Side-Hinged Exterior Door Systems and Procedures for Component Substitution” is undergoing a 5-year revision cycle pursuant to ANSI’s periodic standard maintenance requirements. The draft standard, incorporating several revisions proposed by WMA’s Industry Standards and Certification Committee (ISCC), is now available for public comment until June 19, 2017. The WMA 100 Consensus Body, which is a committee of interested stakeholders, has also been formed per WMA’s standards development procedures to formally review, comment, and vote on proposed revisions. Comments should be emailed to Jessica Ferris, WMA Director of Codes and Standards.