Thursday, May 30, 2013

10:00 AM to 11:35 aM


Meeting Objectives


Ø To Consider/Discuss Product Approval Program Issues

Ø  To Consider/Decide on Approval of Products and Product Approval Entities

Ø   To Consider/Discuss Declaratory Statement


Product approval POC Members Present


Jeffrey Stone-Chair, Herminio F. Gonzalez, Tim Tolbert, Brian Swope, Nanette Dean., John J. Scherer


DBPR Staff Present


Facilitator: Jeff Blair, Mo Madani, April Hammonds, Sandy O’Connor, Robert Lorenzo,

 Jim Hammers.


Public guests present


Dick Wilhelm, and Dave Finnegan representing Advance Hurricane Technology, Inc.


MEETING Minutes—Thursday, March 28, 2013




Call to Order  

Meeting was called to order at 10:05 AM by Chairman, Jeffrey Stone.

Roll Call of POC Members

All were in attendance indicating a quorum was present.

Review and Approval of Agenda

 The agenda was approved.

Statement of Teleconference Participation Process was given by Jeff Blair to all members and attendees. 




Review & Approve March 2012 Minutes

          The minutes from the March 2013 meeting were approved.




Product Approval Program Issues:

1.         Staff presented the Product Approval & Entities Statistics Report into record.

2.    Dr. Stone provided the Product Approval Administrator’s Performance Survey for the record most were good to excellent, with one indicating dissatisfaction. Ted Berman addressed the comment to the POC.

3.    Mo Madani updated the POC on the change of procurement method for soliciting Administrative Service for the State Product Approval System. Mr. Madani stated that the Commission has approved the Request for Proposal (RFP) method as the best method suited for the proposed solicitation and that the draft RFP is being reviewed for compliance internally by the Department.

No Action Item for POC      

4.   Mo Madani presented to the POC Declaratory Statement DS2013-029 and staff analysis on the requirement of Product Approval  of a product “Radiant Barrier and Reflective Insulation” by Innovative Insulation, Inc.  The following is the POC Action:

       Motion was made by Nanette Dean to recommend approval of staff recommendation for Declaratory Statement DS2013-029, Seconded by John Scherer. Motion Passed Unanimously.  The action was as follows:


Question: Do radiant barrier and reflective insulations products fall under the scope of the Florida Rule 61G20-3 and therefore require approval from the Florida Building commission to be sold for construction in your state?


Answer: No, based on the rules 61G20-3.001(2) Scope and 61G20-3.002 Definitions, “Radiant Barrier and Reflective Insulation” is not a structural product thus does not fall within the scope of the State Product Approval rule. However, the product in question is subject to approval by the local authority having jurisdiction.


5.  Mo Madani reported to the POC on HB 269 related to the two changes to the State Product Approval System that will go into effect on July 1, 2013.  Staff explained that HB 269 adds new category of product “impact protection system” and expands the Department’s scope of product approval under the State Product Approval Program to include applications for product using product evaluation reports from evaluation entities other than those from licensed engineers or architects.  The new legislation will allow applications for product approval using product evaluation reports to be considered and approved by the Department under the expedited ten (10) days review process.  In addition, staff explained that “impact protective system” as defined by ASTM E 1996 will be used as the basis for updating the BCIS/PA module and revising Rule 61G20-3.  Finally, staff  noted that in order to implement this legislation, the following tasks will need to be implemented:


(1)   Update the BCIS/PA module: (1) To include the new category of product “impact protective system” and list of subcategories as defined in the reference standards currently adopted by the FBC; and (2) To allow applications for product approval using evaluation reports to be considered and approved by the Department under the expedited ten (10) days review process.

(2)   Revise the following rules: Rules 61G20-3.00, 61G20-3.002 and 61G20-3.007.

POC Action:

       Motion was made by Nanette Dean to recommend approval for to the rulemaking for changes to the Product Approval system as outlined by HB 269 and staff , Seconded by Brian Swope. Motion Passed Unanimously.

6.   Report on conditional approvals from March meeting cycle: Ted Berman reported to the POC on the status of the March conditional approvals confirming that all applications were updated as approved by the Commission.

No Action Item for POC

7.    Report on QA expiration notifications: Ted Berman & Associates (TBA) provided a report on three types on QA notifications:  The Certification Method notifies TBA indicating applicants with expired QA’s, TBA notifies those applicants by email with the Certification report showing most QA’s resolved. TBA sends email notification to Evaluation & Testing, and QA Agency entities on expired status. The report of these entities show some statuses resolved.

No Action Item for POC




Ted Berman & Associates Reports:

1.       Review of Product Approval & Entity Applications and final recommendations

to the commission.

2.       Report on Product Approval Applications with comments and/or discussion

report on DBPR Applications




Public/POC/Staff Comments




Adjourn at 11:35 PM






STAFF CONTACTS: Sandy O’Connor, sandy.o’connor@myfloridalicense.com, (850) 717-1837; Mo Madani, Manager

Teleconference Process/Etiquette URLhttp://www.floridabuilding.org/fbc/meetings/1_meetings.htm

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