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Industry Issues Committees & Councils Open to ALL Members

Appointed BIA members sit on these committees & councils to oversee the industry issues regarding permitting, licensing, inspecitons for building & health department permits.  Vital information is exchanged regarding codes & standards, policy changes and issues that affect the industry.  Members are welcome to attend the meetings and participate when appropriate.

Governmental Liaison Committee /Hurricane Taskforce 

            2nd Thursday monthly beginning February 11, 2016 at 7:30 AM

at Lee County Public Works Community Development

1500 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, 1st floor conference room

BIOC - Building Industry Oversight Committee

2nd Thrusday bi-monthly beginning February 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

at Lee County Public Works Community Development

1500 Monroe Street, Fort Myers, 1st floor conference room

BZOC - City of Fort Myers Building & Zoning Oversight Committee

4th Thrusday each month at 9:00 AM Next meeting Thursday, August 27th

City of Fort Myers City Hall - Council Chambers

2200 2nd Street, Fort Myers


Official Communique About the 1-Year Delay for Blower Doors & Secondary Fire Elevators

The statutorily enacted one-year delay of the mandatory blower door testing, mechanical ventilation and secondary fire elevators for high-rises is in effect. 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.


Zero Lot Line Fire Code - One Hour Rating

Many members have inquired about the zero lot line issue that has arisen out of the new building code. In the past, the Building Commission adopted a Florida Specific Amendment to the base code. For some reason a Florida Specific Amendment was not adopted for the 5th edition and the issue arrived to the Florida Home Builders too late to include in potential legislative fixes.

However, FHBA has been working with the Palm Beach building officials and they have secured an advisory opinion for an alternative construction method. We anticipate a statutory correction will be part of the FHBA’s 2016 legislative agenda which begins in January.

In addition, several of our members also expressed concerns about the confusing stucco provisions in the 5th edition of the code. Earlier today, the FHBA filed for a declaratory statement seeking to clarify that the ASTM C96 provisions apply to curing rates. The Commission will consider this at their August meeting.

We have been in contact with the Lee County and City of Fort Myers Building Officials and have been assured that they have a work around for our builders that will be acceptable and meets the code standard.

Overtime Rule Count Affect More than 11,000 Construction Supervisors

The U.S. Department of Labor released a draft regulation on June 30 that proposes updating the salary level at which certain “white collar” workers would be exempt from minimum wage and overtime pay from the current $23,660 to $50,440.

NAHB economists have released a state-by-state breakdown showing in total, more than 110,000 construction supervisors would no longer be eligible for the exemption, and may be overtime-eligible under this new rule.  Click Here to Read More


 411 Code: Code Solutions Now Just a Call Away

The Florida Home Builders Association is proud to provide members a solution through the 411 Code program. 411 Code provides members free access to 30-year building administration veteran John Farinelli to ask questions, provide code interpretations and give plan review assistance and analysis for builders who find themselves at odds with their local building departments.

Make the Call

Florida Home Builder members that contact Mr. Farinelli can expect to receive a response within 24 hours and an answer in as little as 10 minutes or a long as 5 days, depending on the complexity of their request. Click here to view the flyer.

To access this valuable member benefit, contact John Farinelli:

Call: (561) 662-6545 

Email: 411code@fhba.com

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