Proposed Modification to the Florida Building Code
Modification #: Section 553.73, Fla Stat
Name: Joseph D. Belcher
Address: 41 Oak Village Boulevard Homosassa, 34446
Code: Florida Building Code - Building
Section #: 1609.1.2.4
Text of Modification [additions underlined; deletions stricken]:
1609.1.2.4 Modifications to ASTM E 1996. Section 6.2.2 of ASTM E 1996 shall be modified
6.2.2 Unless otherwise specified, select the wind zone based on the basic wind speed as
220.127.116.11WindZone 1 - 130 mph ≤ basic wind speed < 140 mph, and Hawaii.
18.104.22.168 Wind Zone 2 - 140 mph ≤ basic wind speed < 150 mph at greater than 1.6 km (one
mile) from the coastline. The coastline shall be measured from the mean high water mark.
22.214.171.124 Wind Zone 3 - 150 mph (58 m/s) ≤ basic wind speed < 160 mph (63 m/s), or 140 mph
(54 m/s) ≤ basic wind speed ≤ 160 170 mph (63 m/s) and within 1.6 km (one mile) of the
coastline. The coastline shall be measured from the mean high water mark.
126.96.36.199 Wind Zone 4-basic wind speed > 160 170 mph (63 m/s).
Fiscal Impact Statement [Provide documentation of the costs and benefits
of the proposed modifications to the code for each of the following entities.
Cost data should be accompanied by a list of assumptions and supporting
documentation. Explain expected benefits.]:
A. Impact to local entity relative to enforcement of code:
No impact to local entity relative to enforcement of code.
B. Impact to building and property owners relative to cost of compliance
Will result in a reduction in cost to building and property owners in
areas currently included in Wind Zone 4 that are not intended by
ASTM to be included in Wind Zone 4.
C. Impact to industry relative to cost of compliance with code:
Reduction in costs as only products with approval for use in HVHZ
have been designed and tested to meet the increased impact
requirements and the offset criteria intended for Wind Zone 4.
Rationale [Provide an explanation of why you would like this Proposed
Modification to the Florida Building Code.]: 1. I have spoken with the
proponent of the change, Eric Stafford, P.E. Mr. Stafford states the intent of
the change was to correlate the provisions of ASTM E 1996 and the
ultimate wind speeds of ASCE 7-2010 within the code. There was no
intention to expand Wind Zone 4 into new areas of the State. The
correlating change does much more than correlate the code by expanding
Wind Zone 4 provisions for impact resistive systems intended for Miami-
Dade County into more areas of the State than intended by ASTM.
2. The creation of Wind Zone 4 within ASTM E 1996 first appeared in the
2002 Edition of ASTM E 1996 at the request of the Miami-Dade County
representative on the ASTM Committee. The wind zone was intended to
apply to Miami-Dade County and Monroe County. Broward County,
although not a greater than 140 mph wind speed area, indirectly adopted
the wind zone throughout by accepting only products approved for use in
the HVHZ which have to meet HVHZ Protocols, which incorporated the
more stringent provisions for Wind Zone 4. In addition, the FBCB prohibits
deformation of impact protective systems from contact with glass. (FBCB
The wind zone was created by ASTM to address the more stringent
provisions adopted by Miami-Dade County to encourage the use of ASTM E
1996 by Miami-Dade County. The Miami-Dade County (M-DC) standards
(TAS 201 and 203) are more stringent than those of ASTM E 1996 for Wind
Zones 1, 2, and 3 and ASTM E 1996 Wind Zone 4 was created to allow the
use of ASTM E 1996 in Miami-Dade County. The economic problems
prevented the continued participation by the county and as a result the
task was not completed. Specific differences are found in the number of
strikes and the offset criteria of the standard.
The M-DC test standards and ASTM E 1996, Wind Zone 4, require each
specimen to withstand two strikes for the large missile test; ASTM E-1996
Wind Zones 1, 2, and 3 requires a single strike to each specimen. In
addition, in Wind Zone 4 the standard calls for strikes directly on integral
mullions and other intermediate members. The added requirements add
cost to the products as well as to the testing of the products and go
beyond the intent of the adopted standard.
Even more disconcerting are the requirements related to the offset of the
impact protective systems. In Wind Zone 4 all impact protective systems
are required to comply with the greater of the maximum deflection
measured in accordance with Section 5.5, plus 25%, or the sum of the
maximum deflection and residual deflection, as measured at Section 5.5,
plus 25%. (ASTM E 1996-2005) ASTM E 1996-2006 and 2009 modify the
requirements to apply to all non-porous systems in Wind Zone 4 requiring
an offset of the greater of the maximum dynamic deflection measured at
Section 5.5, plus 2 mm, or the sum of the maximum deflection and residual
deflection as measured at Section 5.5, plus 2 mm. (ASTM E 1996-2006 and
2009, §8.3) In the field these requirements result in an offset of from three
inches to more than eight inches depending on the materials used in the
impact protective system. The added requirements add cost to the
products as well as to the testing of the products and go beyond the intent
of the adopted standard.
Please explain how the proposed modification meets the following
1. Has a reasonable and substantial connection with the health, safety,
and welfare of the general public: The proposed amendment properly
correlates the adoption of ASCE 7-10 with ASTM E 1996 within the
Florida Building Code, Building which has a reasonable connection
with the health, safety, and welfare of the general public by not
posing provisions greater than intended by the adopted reference
2. Strengthens or improves the code, and provides equivalent or better
products, methods, or systems of construction: The proposed
amendment properly correlates the adoption of ASCE 7-10 with
ASTM E 1996 within the Florida Building Code, Building which
strengthens and improves the by not posing provisions greater than
intended by the adopted reference standard.
3. Does not discriminate against materials, products, methods, or
systems of construction of demonstrated capabilities: The proposed
amendment does not discriminate against materials, products,
methods, or systems of construction of demonstrated capabilities
and, in fact, removes what could be considered a discriminatory
4. Does not degrade the effectiveness of the code: The proposed
amendment properly correlates the adoption of ASCE 7-10 with
ASTM E 1996 within the Florida Building Code, Building which does
not degrade the effectiveness of the code.
5. The provisions contained in the proposed amendment are addressed
in the applicable international code.
The provisions are not addressed in the IBC 2009 as they were a
Florida Specific Amendment intended to correlate the code and the
ASTM standard with the adoption of ASCE 7-10. The same provisions
appear in the 2012 IBC and the proponent intends to submit a
revision in the next ICC Code Change Cycle.
6. The amendment demonstrates by evidence or data that the
geographical jurisdiction of Florida exhibits a need to strengthen the
foundation code beyond the needs or regional variations addressed
by the foundation code, and why the proposed amendment applies
to this state.
The amendment is intended to address a correlation issue between
the code, the adopted ASTM standard, and the Florida adoption of
ASCE 7-10. The change was intended to correlate the three
documents, but the correlation did not occur. Wind Zone 4 in the
ASTM standard is intended to address Miami-Dade County. The
revision as adopted applies shutter requirements intended for Miami-
Dade County to numerous other counties in the State of Florida.
7. The proposed amendment was submitted or attempted to be
included in the foundation codes to avoid resubmission to the
Florida Building Code amendment process.
The timing was insufficient to get into the ICC Group A Code Change
Cycle for the 2015 International Building Code and will be submitted
to the next available cycle. The amendment will be submitted to the
ICC Group B Code Change Cycle for the 2015 International