Proposed Modification to the Florida Building Code

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					Proposed Modification to the Florida Building Code
Modification #:                                    Section 553.73, Fla Stat

Name:           Lee Rigby
Address:        8830 Freedom Road, Tallahassee FL 32305
E-mail:         elevatorlee@aol.com
Phone:          (850) 210-0401
Fax:            (850) 210-0085
Code:           FBC
Section #:      3001.2 and Chapter 35

Text of Modification [additions underlined; deletions stricken]:

3001.2 Referenced standards.
Except as otherwise provided for in this code, the design, construction, installation, alteration,
repair and maintenance of elevators and conveying systems and their components shall conform
to ASME A17.1, A17.1S, ASME A90.1, ASME B20.1, ALI ALCTV, ASME A17.3 and ASME
A18.1.
    The Division of Hotels and Restaurants may grant exceptions, variances and waivers to the
Elevator Safety Code as authorized by the Elevator Safety Code . (ASME A 17.1, Section 1.2)
and Florida Statutes (Chapter 120.)


                                     CHAPTER 35
                                REFERENCED STANDARDS
This chapter lists the standards that are referenced in various sections of this document. The
standards are listed herein by the promulgating agency of the standard, the standard identification,
the effective date and title, and the section or sections of this document that reference the standard.
The application of the referenced standards shall be as specified in Section 102.4 .

See also Subchapter 3 of Chapter 13 for referenced energy code standards.


                                          American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  ASME                                                          Three Park Avenue
                                                        New York, NY 10016-5990
Standard reference                                                             Title Referenced in code section number
           number
        A 17.1—00 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators including A17.1a 2005 1007.4, 1607.8.1 , 3001.1 , 3001.2 , 3001.4 , 30
          A17.1-04                                                    Addenda 3003.2 , 3008.1 , 3010.1 , 3011.1
      A 17.1S—05       Supplement to Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators        3001.2




Fiscal Impact Statement [Provide documentation of the costs and benefits of the
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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:

       A reduction in the number of variance reviews and approvals for the use of new
technology will be realized. The Code is basically the same as the current adopted
edition and only the cost of obtaining new code books is foreseen.


B.    Impact to building and property owners relative to cost of compliance with
      code:

        New technology allowed by the proposed codes will allow greater flexibility in
building design and reduced construction costs if machine-room-less elevators allowed
by the proposed code are utilized. Some additional safety features may require additional
expenditures, but costs are difficulty to measure as different elevator firms may meet the
requirements in different ways, and due to liability reasons, most manufactures will most
likely meet the proposed code anyway as it is the national standard.

     C.   Impact to industry relative to cost of compliance with code:

     The elevator industry is moving toward new technology which can increase flexibility
in building design, decrease required maintenance, and lower costs.


Rationale [Provide an explanation of why you would like this Proposed
Modification to the Florida Building Code.]:

   Currently the adopted “Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators” is the ASME A17.1
2000 Edition (without the 2001 & 2002 addenda). This Edition is the first harmonized
elevator code incorporating requirements from the Canadian B44 Elevator Code and
many provisions were rewritten. The numbering system was also changed to
international (metric) format. Unfortunately, many editorial errors were discovered, and
the American Society of Mechanical Engineers which develops and produces this code
recommends that the 2000 Edition not be adopted without the addenda.
   The 2004 Edition of this code incorporates all editorial corrections, as well as additional
safety modifications which will enhance the safety of the elevator riding public.
   The 2005 Addenda is the most recent “national standard” for elevator safety, and
contains modifications to the 2004 Edition which will enhance the safety of the elevator
riding public.



  The 2005 Supplement, ASME A17.1S is a new standard which addresses new elevator
technology. Many changes in technology allow elevator equipment to be built much more
efficiently and use less building area. Currently the State of Florida issues a large number
of variances to code to accommodate these new products under current ASME A17.1
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Rules that allow such after equal or greater safety, effectiveness, etc. is documented.
The adoption of this standard provides acceptable standards for such equipment and
relieves the state from the burden of processing large numbers of variances for
equipment already documented to be safe for public use.
In the “Referenced in code section number” column in Chapter 35 under ASME A17.1, we
propose to delete 1007.4 as A17.1 is no longer referenced in that rule.



Please explain how the proposed modification meets the following requirements:
1. Has a reasonable and substantial connection with the health, safety, and
    welfare of the general public:

      The elevators are mechanical devices used to transport the public, and safe
      operation of these devices is dependent on the safety codes adopted and enforced
      by the State of Florida.

2.    Strengthens or improves the code, and provides equivalent or better
      products, methods, or systems of construction:

      Adopting the most recent National Standards ensures that the codes adopted and
      enforced incorporate the most recent safety innovations developed and cover the
      newest elevator equipment being supplied and installed.

3.    Does not discriminate against materials, products, methods, or systems of
      construction of demonstrated capabilities:

      The Codes proposed is substantially less prescriptive and allows the use of recent
      developments in elevator technology such as machine-room-less elevators which
      increase the flexibility of building design and elevator equipment manufacturers.

4.      Does not degrade the effectiveness of the code:

     The Codes proposed are accumulation of years experience and development of
     Elevator Safety Standards by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. All
     revisions and additions are carefully reviewed by experts in the field to ensure that
     new and revised standards meet or exceed the original intent of the Code, and in fact
     changes are primarily driven by the desire to increase the safety, effectiveness,
     reliability, etc. of these devices.




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Section for DCA Only
Committee Action:

Committee Reason:

Commission Action:

Commission Reason:




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