In the Matter of
Conditioning Contractors Association, Inc.
The foregoing proceeding came before the Florida Building Commission (the Commission) by a Petition from Brad Weatherholtz, the Director of Technical Services for the Florida Roofing Sheet Metal & Air Conditioning Contractors Association, Inc., which was received on February 11, 2009.† Based on the statements in the petition, the material subsequently submitted and the subsequent request by the Petitioner, it is hereby ORDERED:
Findings of Fact
1.† The petition is filed pursuant to, and must conform to the requirements of Rule 28-105.002, Florida Administrative Code.
2. The Petitioner
is an association comprised, in large part, of
3. One of the purposes fulfilled by the Petitioner is to represent its members before the Commission and obtain interpretations of the Building Code on behalf of its members in the form of Declaratory Statements by the Commission.
4.† One of the Petitionerís members has been requested to provide an estimate to replace a roof on a single-family dwelling that is located within the wind borne debris region of the state.† The dwelling has an insured value of over $300,000 and its roof has both gable and hip roof areas.† The cost to retrofit the roof-to-wall connections at the corners of the roof and its hip and gable areas will exceed 15% of the re-roof cost but all the gables or all the hip corners can be completed at a cost of less than 15% of the reroof cost.
5. The Petitioner requests a clarification of the requirements of Section 611.8, Florida Building Code, Existing Buildings Volume (2007), and specifically:
(a)† Whether a home requiring roof to wall improvements as per 611.8, with both gable and hip configurations, and a confirmed cost to improve both gable ends and hip corners that would exceed 15% of the re-roof cost be required to improve only the portion that would apply as per 6188.8.131.52;
(b) Whether section 611.8.1, exception 2 supersedes section 611.8(b) and voids 6184.108.40.206 when a home has both gable ends and hip corners that require improvements; and
(c) Whether a home that has both gable and hips, and as per section 6220.127.116.11, and the gables are priority (or vice-versa) and can be improved within budget of 15% of the re-roof cost, but all of the hip corners cannot be improved within the same budget (15% of the reroof cost) do any of the hip corners still need to be improved?
Conclusions of Law
When a roof covering on an existing site-built-single-family residential structure is removed and replaced on a building that is located in the wind-borne debris region as defined in the Florida Building Code, Building and that has an insured value of $300,000 or more or, if the building is uninsured or for which documentation of insured value is not presented, has a just valuation for the structure for purposes of ad valorem taxation of $300,000 or more:
(a)† Roof to wall connections shall be improved as required by Section 611.8.1.
(b)† Mandated retrofits of the roof-to-wall connection shall not be required beyond a 15 percent increase in the cost of re-roofing.
3.† Section 611.8.1, Florida Building Code, Existing Building Volume (2007 as amended 3/1/09), requires:
Where required by Section 611.8, the intersection of roof framing with the wall below shall provide sufficient resistance to meet the uplift loads specified in Table 611.8.1 either because of existing conditions or through retrofit measures. As an alternative to an engineered design, the prescriptive retrofit solutions provided in Sections 618.104.22.168 through 622.214.171.124 shall be accepted as meeting the mandated roof-to-wall retrofit requirements.†
1.† Where it can be demonstrated (by code adoption date documentation and permit issuance date) that roof-to-wall connections and/or roof-to-foundation continuous load path requirements were required at the time of original construction.
2.†† Roof- to- wall connections shall not be required unless evaluation and installation of connections at gable ends or all corners can be completed for 15% of the cost of roof replacement.
††††††††††† 4.† †Section 6126.96.36.199, Florida Building Code, Existing Building Volume (2007 as amended 3/1/09), †specifies that:
Priority shall be given to connecting the exterior corners of roofs to walls where the spans of the roofing members are greatest. For houses with both hip and gable roof ends, the priority shall be to retrofit the gable end roof-to-wall connections unless the width of the hip end is more than 1.5 times greater than the width of the gable end.
††††††††††† 5. †The response to the Petitioners first question is that, yes, improvement of the gables or hip corners is explicitly required by the Code.
††††††††††† 6.† The answer to the Petitionerís second question is that, no, one element of the relevant section of the Code does not void or supersede others, all apply to the circumstances identified.
††††††††††† 7. ††Lastly, if fifteen percent of the cost to reroof the home is sufficient to complete all of the prioritized element (gables for example) pursuant to Section 6188.8.131.52 but insufficient to complete all of the other element (hip corners), then no partial of complete retrofit of the non-prioritized element is required.
Petitioner and all
other interested parties are hereby advised of their right to seek judicial
review of this Order in accordance with Section 120.68(2)(a), Florida Statutes,
and with Fla. R. App. 9.030(b)(1)(C) and 9.110(a).† To initiate an appeal, a Notice of Appeal
must be filed with Paula P. Ford, Clerk of the Commission,
DONE AND ORDERED
this ______ of _____________, 2009, in
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Raul L. Rodriguez, AIA, Chair
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CERTIFICATE OF SERVICE
††††††††††† I hereby certify that a true and correct copy of the foregoing was sent to the following by the method indicated on this ________ day of __________, 2009.
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† PAULA P. FORD
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Commission Clerk
Brad Weatherholtz††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† ††††††††††† Mo Madani, C.B.O. Manager
Director of Technical Services†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Codes and Standards Section
Conditioning Contractors Association, Inc.†††††††††††††††††††