Florida Senate - 2019                             CS for SB 1800
       By the Committee on Community Affairs; and Senator Gibson
       578-03295-19                                          20191800c1
    1                        A bill to be entitled                      
    2         An act relating to the Florida Building Code; amending
    3         s. 553.73, F.S.; authorizing the Florida Building
    4         Commission to adopt certain triennial amendments;
    5         providing an effective date.
    7  Be It Enacted by the Legislature of the State of Florida:
    9         Section 1. Paragraphs (a) and (c) of subsection (7) of
   10  section 553.73, Florida Statutes, are amended to read:
   11         553.73 Florida Building Code.—
   12         (7)(a) The commission shall adopt an updated Florida
   13  Building Code every 3 years through review of the most current
   14  updates of the International Building Code, the International
   15  Fuel Gas Code, International Existing Building Code, the
   16  International Mechanical Code, the International Plumbing Code,
   17  and the International Residential Code, all of which are
   18  copyrighted and published by the International Code Council, and
   19  the National Electrical Code, which is copyrighted and published
   20  by the National Fire Protection Association. At a minimum, the
   21  commission shall adopt any updates to such codes or any other
   22  code necessary to maintain eligibility for federal funding and
   23  discounts from the National Flood Insurance Program, the Federal
   24  Emergency Management Agency, and the United States Department of
   25  Housing and Urban Development. The commission shall also review
   26  and adopt updates based on the International Energy Conservation
   27  Code (IECC); however, the commission shall maintain the
   28  efficiencies of the Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building
   29  Construction adopted and amended pursuant to s. 553.901. The
   30  commission may approve triennial amendments to the Florida
   31  Building Code without a finding that the amendments are needed
   32  in order to accommodate the specific needs of this state. The
   33  commission shall adopt updated codes by rule.
   34         (c) The commission may also adopt as a technical amendment
   35  to the Florida Building Code any portion of the codes identified
   36  in paragraph (a), but only as needed to accommodate the specific
   37  needs of this state. Standards or criteria adopted from these
   38  codes shall be incorporated by reference to the specific
   39  provisions adopted. If a referenced standard or criterion
   40  requires amplification or modification to be appropriate for use
   41  in this state, only the amplification or modification shall be
   42  set forth in the Florida Building Code. The commission may
   43  approve technical amendments to the updated Florida Building
   44  Code after the amendments have been subject to the conditions
   45  set forth in paragraphs (3)(a)-(d). Amendments that are adopted
   46  in accordance with this subsection shall be clearly marked in
   47  printed versions of the Florida Building Code so that the fact
   48  that the provisions are amendments is readily apparent.
   49         Section 2. This act shall take effect January 1, 2020.