New Publication Provides Critical Updates to the 2020 Florida Building Code

The International Code Council, the Florida Home Builders Association, and the Building Officials Association of Florida have released a joint publication, Significant Changes to the Florida Building Code: Building and Residential. The new publication provides the most critical updates to the 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building Code with real-world application of those changes that helps building safety professionals better understand recent code changes and ultimately perform their jobs more efficiently.

Each change analysis features the affected code sections and clearly identifies the change with images and examples for easy and quick identification and comprehension of the change. The book’s attention to detail, organization, and concise coverage makes it an ideal tool for transitioning from the 2017 to the 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building Code, Building and Florida Building Code, Residential. Significant changes to the Florida Existing Building Code are also included.

Key features of the publication include:

  • Clarification of code language via full-color illustrations, photographs, or examples
  • A detailed table of contents, part summaries, change summaries, and in-depth discussion of the change significance
  • Clear notations of all key changes, including deleted code language shown with a strikethrough and new code text indicated as underlined text
  • Logical organization, facilitating quick and accurate identification of key information, that follows the layout of the codes, including chapter, section number, and title format

“This book is a product of the Code Council’s long and enduring partnership with Florida’s homebuilders and code officials,” said Code Council Executive Vice President Mark Johnson.  “As the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the importance of building safety across the world, we are proud to collaborate on this effort to increase the knowledge of the important code changes that help Florida building professionals ensure safety throughout their communities.”

“This publication is a critical resource for Florida home builders,” said Scott McCracken, President of the Florida Home Builders Association (FHBA). “FHBA members take pride in building code compliance and lead the way in implementing the latest updates to the code. This book provides our members with the comprehensive changes taking place, while presenting the updates in a clear and concise manner so that we can all be successful in implementing the 7th Edition.”

“The Building Officials Association of Florida (BOAF) is proud to partner with ICC and the Florida Home Builders Association to make this publication available, said BOAF President Michael Matison. “It will be a valuable resource to all users in familiarizing themselves with the many changes in the 7th Edition (2020) Florida Building and Residential Codes. As always, we welcome the opportunity to partner with those involved in the Code process.”

The Significant Changes to the Florida Building Code: Building and Residential publication is available for purchase through the Code Council store. It will also be available on Digital Codes Premium in January 2021.

Source: International Code Council

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