Technical Thoughts

Sun, Jul 02, 2023

Riku Ylipelkonen, Owner, Standard Building Advisors and FRSA Technical Advisor

Have you ever wondered why the Florida Building Code and the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (Miami-Dade County) exist? How do they compare with building codes in the rest of the country? The rest of the world? 

Florida is unique. The combination of wind events, tropical climate with unmatched heat and humidity and code revisions over time make it one of, if not the most, difficult markets for roofing contractors and roofing product manufacturers. These are all factors that require a separate building code in Florida. In the beginning, the building code concept started as a way to satisfy a level of life safety for buildings and other structures. With the standard schedule of code revisions constantly making small changes to the code, it gives a chance for contractors, product manufacturers, engineers and architectural professionals, building officials and inspectors and citizens to revise the
code to bring up the base standard of life safety and minimize recovery costs to the community from wind events, natural disasters and other disruptions. Read more

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