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BUILDING CODES

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Here’s links to a collection of our blog posts about BUILDING CODES:

When did the first Florida Building Code (FBC) begin and become effective?

The home inspector says I have construction defects. How did my home pass inspection by the building department? 

• Does Florida have strict building codes?

What is the difference between prescriptive and performance building codes?

Can a local building department choose to not enforce selected parts of the Florida Building Code? 

 Is the latest edition of the National Electrical Code (NEC) the standard used for the electrical system of new homes?

Why is the National Electrical Code (NEC) so hard to understand and complicated? 

What is the purpose of the Existing Building Edition of the Florida Building Code?

• What is the most important sentence to know in the entire National Electrical Code (NEC)? 

How often does the National Electrical Code (NEC) change?

Does a home inspector look for code violations? 

What is the difference between the HVHZ (High Velocity Hurricane Zone) and the Wind-Borne Debris Region in Florida Building Code?

• Does code require a P-trap in an a/c condensate drain? 

Do I have to bring my house up to code to sell it?

What is code for the step-down at the landing for an exterior door? 

• Where can a return air opening/register NOT be located by code? 

Does code require an exterior electrical receptacle outlet near the front door of a house? 

• Is a vapor barrier required by code under a concrete floor slab?

Does code require a weep screed for stucco over concrete block? 

What is the fireman’s switch emergency disconnect requirement for residential electrical service? 

• What is code for relocating an electrical panel? 

Are water heater expansion tanks required by code? 

• What is code for termite protection for new homes in Florida? 

How many outdoor receptacle outlets are required by code? 

What are the minimum code requirements for a residential bathroom?

What are the minimum code requirements for a residential garage? 

• What are the minimum code requirements for a residential hallway?

What are the minimum code requirements for a residential kitchen?

• What are the minimum code requirements for residential stairs? 

• What is the code minimum slope for a patio away from the house? 

• What is the code minimum slope for a porch floor away from the house? 

Does code require a whole-house surge protector for houses? 

• Does code require a ceiling fan to be grounded?


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