Florida Building Code 2014 (5th Edition)
The 5th edition of the Florida Building Code 2014 went into effect this week. The updated code, which entail significant changes, is mandatory for all new construction and rehabilitation projects with a permit application of June 30, 2015 or later.
The new Code is based on the 2012 International Codes and includes a number of updates from both the International Code Council and the Florida Building Commission. The codes also include the Florida Accessibility Code and updated Test Protocols for High Velocity Hurricane Zones.
One of the most visible changes from the 2010 codes is the reformatting of the Energy Code, which now consists of two Independence sub-documents: one 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 including the allowance of American Society of Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning engineers, Inc. (ASHARE 90.1).
For more information visit the Florida Building Commission's website.