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Senator Lee, District 20 — Press Release


December 15, 2016

CONTACT: Sarah Schwirian, (813) 653-7061

Senator Tom Lee Takes Lead on Updating Florida's Building Code Amendment Process

Brandon, FL —

Senator Tom Lee (R-Thonotosassa) announced today he will lead the Senate’s effort to revamp and streamline the process by which the Florida Building Code is amended.

Currently, the Florida Building Commission is required to update the Florida Building Code every three years to reflect the most current version of various international codes. Senator Lee’s bill will streamline this process by removing this requirement and, using Florida’s existing Building Code as the foundation, by giving the Commission authority to decide which provisions of the international codes are appropriate and necessary for Florida.

“The Florida Building Code has been an effective tool for improving the structural integrity and energy efficiency of our state’s housing stock, leading to lower property and casualty insurance rates and minimizing windstorm damages,” Senator Lee said. “However, now that the most dramatic gains have been realized, it’s time to look for a more common sense and cost effective approach to updating the code."

Under the proposed bill, the Florida Building Commission will retain its ability to adopt annual technical amendments to the Code that relate directly to public health, safety and welfare.

“The goal is to strike a balance between keeping our code current without letting trivial updates and pressure from suppliers create an unnecessary burden on the industry and the consumer,” Senator Lee added.