Impact of Recent Hurricanes on Florida Building Codes - May 2022

Mon, May 16, 2022 at 8:00AM

Mike Silvers, CPRC, Owner of Silvers Systems Inc. and FRSA Technical Director

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 renewed calls to strengthen the building codes. The length of time that it takes to implement these changes has varied. Some of the variation has had to do with timing changes in the early code adoption process and how it has evolved, but more recently it has more to do with when a major storm takes place during the three-year code cycle. If a storm hit last hurricane season (2021), then potential changes could have been proposed for the 2023 8th Edition of the Florida Building Code and been adopted only two years later. However, if we have a major storm this season, the changes could not be made until the 2026 9th Edition of the code is completed and implemented in December of 2026, over four years later. A few months can change the tale drastically on the time needed and available to implement changes. Let’s consider a few storms and the direct impact they have had on the code. Read more.

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