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Applying Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction

rolled blueprints on deskBuilding a home isn’t as easy as stacking legos. Professionals have to carefully research and select the appropriate materials and installations that satisfy several Florida regulations, including Florida Building and Energy Codes as well as varying other local requirements.

There is a minimum of two ways to comply with Florida Energy Code, prescriptive and performance.

This requires YOU, the builder, to comply with a list of energy efficiency requirements.

This requires the BUILDING, as a whole, to comply via an energy simulation analysis tool when compared to its performance by a standard reference design.

Click here to access a list of Building Commission approved Energy Code compliance software.

How Florida Energy Efficiency Code Applies to Building Construction

With a vast amount of regulatory compliances to keep up with, it can be challenging to understand how each set of regulatory codes work together to build stronger, safer, and more energy efficient buildings.

The Florida Building Commission

The Florida Building Commission is a body of twenty-six members appointed by the state governor who meet every six weeks and oversee the code change process, among other responsibilities as outlined below.

diagram of Florida Building Commission Oversight

As you can see in the above diagram, Florida Energy Code is a subset of the Florida Building Code, which is updated triennially to include:

  • Adoption of the current International Energy Conservation Code (IECC) as the foundation

  • Modification by the commission to maintain the efficiencies of the Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction

Process Overview of Code Changes

Updating processes and procedures in any organization is necessary to stay current, efficient and ensure you’re utilizing the best technology and processes available.

The same is true for building and energy codes which have a glitch, annual, and triennial change process.

This allows for changes to be made as needed based on specific criteria using Chapter 120 Procedure 553.73 (8) FS

This allows for changes to be made annually to accommodate specific state needs and address issues related to the public safety and welfare using Chapter 120 Procedure 553.73 (9)(a) FS

Every three years, the commission will use the most current International Building Codes to form the foundation of the Florida Building Code, which follows the below process:

Diagram of Triennial Florida Building Code Update Process

Triennial Code Updating Formula

International Building Code + Florida Specific Requirements* + Glitch = Florida Building Code

*Florida Specific Requirements, include:

  • FBC Florida specific requirements

  • HVHZ(Miami -Dade and Broward counties) requirements

  • Special Occupancy— state rules and statutes

  • Correlation requirements with the Florida Fire Prevention Code

  • Florida Energy Efficiencies

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