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Florida Building Code and Approval Process Update

The numerous compliance paths and varying requirements of Florida’s Building Product Approval (PA) system are subject to revision at every triennial code update cycle. These are implemented by the state’s Technical and Product Approval Team under auspices of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR). Mo Madani, CBO, Technical Director for the PA operations, gave an in-depth update on the current state of the program.There are two paths for product approval: the state path and the local path.The state path covers approval of...

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Southeast Region Working to Keep Pace with Model Codes

Southeast Region code consultant, Dick Wilhelm, kicked off the code update segment of the AAMA Southeast Region Spring Meeting by pinpointing where the bulk of the building activity was underway. Just over three-quarters of the building permits issued across the 10-state region in 2016 were attributable to four states: Texas (34 percent), Florida (24 percent), Georgia (11 percent) and Tennessee (8 percent).The code status in the region as related to adoption of the requisite I-codes, is summarized as follows in order of the most active...

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Residential Code Arena Columns

Most people consider owning a home to be the American dream. Typically, this home would include a kitchen, living room, dining room, family room, and multiple bedrooms and bathrooms. But some people dream of owning a “tiny home,” defined as a house that measures less than 400 square feet in area.

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Commercial Codes and Standards Columns

Since their inception, the national building codes have focused on keeping occupants from being trapped in a burning building. They require that doors swing in the direction of egress and be openable from the inside without the use of “keys, tools or special knowledge.” These requirements are based upon tragedies in which building occupants were trapped because the force of occupants against inswinging doors was too great to open them, or the doors were locked from the outside.

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Western Region’s Latest on Energy Codes

Ken Nittler, P.E., of NFRC-approved simulation laboratory WESTLab, surveyed energy code development. Primary national model codes are the IECC for residential construction and the IECC and ASHRAE 90.1 for non-residential construction. The most recent (2015) version of the IECC contains separate, stand-alone residential and commercial energy codes. The 2015 IRC actually duplicates the IECC residential code in its Chapter 11.As of 2014, ASHRAE 90.1-2013 has been approved by DOE as an alternative compliance option for high-rise residential and non-residential. Jurisdictions typically adopt model codes, occasionally...

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AAMA Begins Planning for the Next Code Cycle

The 2018 editions of the I-codes are expected to publish by Fall 2017, with the exception of the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) which will not issue until the Summer of 2018. As the world turns so does the code development cycle, and your Code Action Committee is getting ready to begin work for the 2018 Group A code cycle (for the 2021 editions of the I-codes).Group A code change proposals must be filed by January 8. Among others, Group A covers:International Building Code (IBC),...

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Public Comments on ICC Group B Codes Discussed

At the AAMA Fall Conference, the AAMA Skylight/Sloped Glazing Codes and Regulatory Affairs Committee received an update on skylight-related code activity, specifically with regards to the ICC Group B Code Development Cycle.

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