Today begins the statutorily enacted one-year delay of the mandatory blower door testing, mechanical ventilation and secondary fire elevators for high-rises. Given all that has occurred to get this adopted, some building officials may still be confused about the delay’s status. The Florida Building Commission has issued some statements clarifying the issue.
The Florida Building Code Information System contains an emphatic statement about the one-year delay. Click here to read the statement on-line. The communique below was recently sent to all interest parties from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Building Codes and Standards Office. The memo also should clear up any confusion with local building officials regarding the applicability of the one year delay.
To: All Interested Parties
RE: Section 69, Chapter 2015-222 Laws of Florida – 5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Code
This is to let you know that during its special session in June, the Legislature enacted the following in an implementing bill “SB 2502-A” associated with the State’s budget:]
(1) In order to implement Specific Appropriation 2250 of the 2015-2016 General Appropriations Act and notwithstanding any provision of the Florida Building Code or other provision of law, the following provisions shall not take effect until June 30, 2016:
(a) Mandatory blower door testing for residential buildings or dwelling units as contained in Section R402.4.1.2 of the Florida Building Code, 5th Edition (2014) Energy Conservation Volume;
(b) A second fire service access elevator as contained in Section 403.6.1 of the Florida Building Code, 5th Edition (2014) Building Volume; and
(c) Mechanical ventilation for residential buildings or dwelling units as contained in Section R303.4 of the Florida Building Code, 5th Edition (2014) Residential Volume.
(2) This section shall expire July 1, 2016 – Section 69, Chapter 2015-222, Laws of Florida.
This bill takes effect on July 1, 2015. Please conduct yourselves accordingly.
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