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2018 August Newsletter
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Florida Building Commission

In the last legislative session HB 1021 effectively reversed the Florida Building Code Adoption process. With the exception of a few items it abandons the use of the International Code as the base document for the Florida Building Code. Future FBC editions will be based on the current FBC 6th Ed. with Florida Building Commission approved amendments and review of ICC changes. 

Since the ICC codes are no longer the base document, there is a push by some special interest groups to avoid the adoption of any new ICC changes. If we are to keep the Florida Code from falling behind the National Codes we must now be fully engaged in the development process and can no longer be reactive.

The Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IHBS) in 2018 rated Florida as having the best Building Code in the country with a score of 95 with Virginia coming in second with a score of 94 prior to this change. It is interesting to note that Delaware only adopts the International Energy, Mechanical, and Plumbing Codes state wide. Building codes however, are not necessarily based on the I-Codes but are adopted locally. The IHBS gave them a score of 17 rating them last among those states that were ranked. Is this Florida’s future?

To avoid this, our Code Development Committee is hard at work reviewing the I-Code changes to determine which if any changes need to be submitted during the coming code modification cycle. Any of our members wishing to help please contact the committee chair Scott McAdam at smcadam@ircgov.com


BCAI Board Meeting Soon

The Building Code Administrators & Inspectors Board will meet at the Marriott - Lake Mary on August 22-24. BOAF encourages all Building Officials and members to attend and participate in these meetings. 


BOAF Supports AIA-Florida's FBC Rule Challenge

View AIA-Florida's explanation of their recent Florida Building Commission rule challenge and what it means for Florida's construction industry.


Membership

If you are not a State Member of BOAF, we invite you to join today. Use this sample letter to persuade your supervisor into approving your membership in BOAF. 

Legislative Update

Following a call for member participation on BOAF Committees at the BOAF 2018 Annual Educational Conference, many people filled out cards expressing an interest in participation on the Legislative Committee. There are now more...


Code Development Update

BOAF's Code Development Committee (CDC) is going to have an extremely busy year with the evaluation of thousands of code change proposals when combining both the ICC changes and the FBC 7th Edition proposed changes. More...


Bylaws Amendments Passed

This summer's Bylaws amendments passed by 2/3 vote, creating a new Permit Tech category for those not certified through ICC; and modifying the criteria for elected officers to allow a maximum of one officer to be a contracted employee of a government entity charged with enforcing the Florida Building Code. Members may download a current copy of BOAF's Constitution & Bylaws by logging in here.


Emerging Technology

Save the date for the BOAF Emerging Technology event in Orlando, December 11 & 12. Those using innovative technology in the building office and construction are encouraged to submit to the Call for Presentations, deadline August 15. 


BOAF Board of Directors

The BOAF Board of Directors will meet via teleconference on Friday, Aug. 10 starting at 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in attending this meeting remotely, RSVP here to receive instructions. 


Internship

Is your jurisdiction considering implementing an internship program for new-hires but you're not sure where to start? Visit our Internship web pages for more information.

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