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The Codes are Working: Newer Buildings Tended to Protect Better During Ian - November 2022 Fri, Nov 25, 2022 At the October Florida Building Commission meeting in Gainesville, Dr. David Prevatt of the UF Department of Civil Engineering, presented preliminary findings to the Commission on the effects of Hurricane Ian to buildings in the area of impact. Read More

Ian Leaves Broken Hearts, Hopefully It Can Also Open Eyes - November 2022 Mon, Nov 14, 2022 I’m writing this article roughly a week after Hurricane Ian battered the state as one of the largest and deadliest hurricanes to hit Florida since 1935. Coincidentally, last month I discussed the potential of a similar scenario to Ian and the impact ... Read More

If You're Not Concerned, You May Not Be Paying Attention - October 2022 Fri, Oct 14, 2022 It seems lately that I cannot escape the obvious subject for this column – insurance. As much as I would like to cover something like a new roof installation method, the property insurance issue and the interaction with the roofing industry, as well ... Read More

It Was an Awesome Event... Challenges Await! - September 2022 Wed, Sep 21, 2022 It was great to see so many industry professionals at our 100th Anniversary Convention and Expo. For those of us who have been involved for many years, it was a chance to catch up with old friends. For all of us it was a chance to make new acquaintan... Read More

FRSA's Underlayments Positions Among Early Wins for Our Code Modifications - August 2022 Mon, Aug 15, 2022 In late June, the Florida Building Commission held the first round of Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) meetings to review potential modifications to incorporate in the upcoming 2023 Florida Building Code 8th Edition (effective date 12/31/2023). It ... Read More

Florida's Roofing Industry at the Center of Recent Legislative Special Session - July 2022 Wed, Jul 13, 2022 It was often called the “Special Session on Property Insurance” but, as it unfolded, it was plain to see that it also dealt with roofing as a primary focus. In last month’s column, I touched on several issues that we thought would be addressed during... Read More

FRSA's Position on Premature Roof Replacement is Being Heard - June 2022 Sat, Jun 11, 2022 A short time ago I received a somewhat cryptic message from FRSA’s lobbyist Chris Dawson that said, “Breaking News. Mike – your 25% rule mod may be getting fast-tracked.” A little background will help you understand why I described the message as cry... Read More

Impact of Recent Hurricanes on Florida Building Codes - May 2022 Mon, May 16, 2022 Nothing else has come close to having an impact on Florida’s Building Codes as hurricanes. Their regular occurrence and the threat that they create cannot be overlooked. Each major storm leaves in its wake not only damage and disruption but also rene... Read More

Don't Look Now, But the New 2023 8th Edition of the Florida Building Code is Already Taking Form - April 2022 Thu, Apr 07, 2022 Recently I was told of an apartment reroof project with multiple buildings where the contractor may be faced with reroofing them again. For many of us, this is one of the worst possible situations we can imagine. For the contractor, who would need th... Read More

When Reroofing, the Choice to Recover or Replace May Not Be Yours - February 2022 Thu, Mar 03, 2022 For many years, when a roofing contractor referred to a reroof it was understood that this meant to remove the old roof and then reroof the building. As the industry has transitioned to more recovering of existing roofs, the definition in the code wa... Read More

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