Building Commission Meets, Looks at Multitude of Issues
The Miami Herald reported last week that the Florida Building Commission
(FBC) rejected stricter building standards for the Florida Panhandle
HERE to read the article), but the FBC did more than just that.
In addition to the public hearings regarding rule 9B-3.047, the
Commission heard presentations conducted through the Hurricane Research
Advisory Work Group, voted on recommendations that resulted from
the Panhandle study, reviewed and updated its work plan and heard
reports from the Windows Work Group and the Product Approval Validation
From the Hurricane Research Advisory Work Group, Freddie Cole, president
of the FMA, Sigi Valentin, regional director of AAMA's Southeast
chapter (SE AAMA), and Dr. Larry Twisdale with Applied Research
Associates Inc. each made a presentation to the commission.
Cole presented the FMA 200-06 protocol for installation of windows
into a masonry substrate, while Valentin presented the second draft
of SE AAMA's research into fenestration products' capability of
preventing water penetration when subjected to severe wind-driven
rain. One of the conclusions to the study so far is that door and
window products are available that can prevent water intrusion,
but those products that have that capability are costly. The study
is scheduled to be presented again at the SE AAMA Conference in
Twisdale presented the findings of the first phase of the Florida
Panhandle Wind Borne Debris Study in the mathematical modeling of
a "treed" environment. His recommendation is that wind-borne
debris be drawn at the 130 mph isotach and that Florida create an
exposure category specifically for a "treed" environment.
The Windows and Water Intrusion Work Group presented its growing
list of parameters regarding supplemental labels required for windows
and sliding glass doors. The group currently recommends 14 guidelines
for the labels, but discussions are continuing.
The public hearings, the part of the meeting on which the Miami
Herald reported, was considered the "hot button" issue.
Representatives of the insurance industry attended, as did others
involved in the decision making process. Commissioner Ed Carson,
a builder from Pensacola, testified that "he did not need window
protection when pine trees keep falling through [his] roof."
When called to vote on the windstorm debris requirements, the 130
mph limit held sway with a vote of 15 to three.
The issue will be heard again, for the third and final time, at
the Commission's August meeting, August 21-23 in Miami Lakes. If
the 130 mph wind-borne debris requirement passes, it will become
effective in May 2007.
HERE to read Dick Wilhelm's report of the meeting.