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  • Building Resiliency in Northeast Florida September 24, 2015

    Work is beginning on Building Resiliently in Northeast Florida, an action item of the Public/Private Regional Resiliency Committee of the Northeast Florida Regional Council.  The Committee recommended that local folks convene to choose the resilient building techniques that work here, so when builders build or residents renovate, their choices are local, durable and clear. Our efforts focus on determining those best practices and providing information to the public (through brochures, etc. used at County building departments/zoning counters) on the contractors/builders that provide that type of service and the estimated cost of such practices.
    We hope that you can join us, as subject matter experts on local building practices, as we kick off this project and engage in this important discussion. Also, please consider inviting anyone you think may be interested. The working group is scheduled to meet three times this year – at 3pm at Council offices on the final Monday of the month, including September 28, October 26 and November 30, 2015.  You can register (not required but it helps us match the event to a venue) at our Eventbrite page.
    Thanks. Please feel free to contact Beth Payne ( or Margo Moehring ( for more information on the event.


  • 1 Hour Soffit Protection July 30, 2015

    From: John Forbess []
    Sent: Thursday, July 02, 2015 3:11 PM
    To: Arlington, Daniel
    Subject: 1hr. soffit protection
    Hello Dan,
    I have come up with a couple of details for the 1 hr. soffit protection. They are all similar but have a
    few differences. (1 layer or 2 layers, horizontal or sloping) Can you take a look at them and let me
    know your thoughts. I want to be sure I’m providing the details the plan reviewers will be looking
    Thank you – John

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  • New Software For Energy Sheet Calculations June 30, 2015

    To: Jim Schock
    Subject: RE: FSEC web site message from James Schock

    Mr. Schock,

    I apologize but we had some difficulties with our residential installation of 4.0.01. It still isn’t installing seamlessly over the 4.0 version (it requires 4.0 be removed). This may be fixed later this week. If waiting won’t work, anyone can download it from the link provided here and follow the instructions:
    The link to the commercial software, Summit 5.1 is located there also:
    Please forward this to any interested parties – please note that for technical support users should go to
    and create a ticket. Emails or calls directly to me for technical support will not be answered in a timely fashion as I do not do the tech support.
    Due to volume of last minute filers as well as new code software installations, our call volume is high and users are best served by using the online ticket submission instead of calling.
    An email went to Summit licensees last week and an email should be sent to the USA licensees shortly regarding the availability of the software.
    Our licenses work on an annual subscription basis and there is no charge for the update to those with currently active, valid licenses.

  • 5th Edition Information June 30, 2015

    5th Edition

    To: All Interested Parties

    RE: Section 69, Chapter 2015-222 Laws of Florida

    5th Edition (2014) Florida Building Code
    This is to let you know that during its special session in June, the Legislature enacted the following in an implementing bill “SB 2502-A” associated with the State’s budget:
    (1) In order to implement Specific Appropriation 2250 of the 2015-2016 General Appropriations Act and notwithstanding any provision of the Florida Building Code or other provision of law, the following provisions shall not take effect until June 30, 2016:
    (a) Mandatory blower door testing for residential buildings or dwelling units as contained in Section R402.4.1.2 of the Florida Building Code, 5th Edition (2014) Energy Conservation Volume;
    (b) A second fire service access elevator as contained in Section 403.6.1 of the Florida Building Code, 5th Edition (2014) Building Volume; and
    (c) Mechanical ventilation for residential buildings or dwelling units as contained in Section R303.4 of the Florida Building Code, 5th Edition (2014) Residential Volume.
    (2) This section shall expire July 1, 2016.
    Section 69, Chapter 2015-222, Laws of Florida.
    This bill takes effect on July 1, 2015. Please conduct yourselves accordingly.

    Building Codes and Standards Office

    If you have any questions please contact our office at 850-487-1824