Updated Florida Building Codes take effect June 30

The International Code Council (ICC) and the Florida Building Commission, which is housed within the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, have announced significant changes to the Florida Building Codes that reportedly will result in safer, sustainable buildings and homes. The updated building codes are mandatory for all new construction or rehabilitation projects with a permit application date of June 30 or later.

The new Florida Building Codes, 5th Edition (2014) are based on the 2012 International Codes® and include various updates from ICC and the Florida Building Commission. The codes also include the Florida Accessibility Code and updated Test Protocols for High Velocity Hurricane Zones. The codes are available as a complete collection, designer collection, and building and residential combination.

One of the most visible changes is the reformatting of the Energy Code, which now consists of two independent sub-documents: one for low-rise residential and one for commercial or high-rise residential. The Florida Building Commission also expanded options for compliance methods for commercial and high-rise residential buildings to include ASHRAE Standard 90.1, "Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings."