Volume 50, Issue 10 - October 2015


New Association Challenges Florida Building Code

A newly formed association, the Impact Window Affordability and Safety Association (IWASA), is fighting the implementation of part of the Florida Building Code that relates to doors and windows, citing severe impacts on businesses.

The IWASA membership consists of seven door and window companies in Florida. They recently filed a motion with the Florida Building Commission to intervene in the declaratory statement proceedings. This is in response to a petition filed by Frank LaPete of the Responsible Energy Codes Alliance, who seeks a determination that all replacement fenestration in existing buildings must comply with U-factor and SHGC requirements consistent with the Florida Building Code.

According to the motion, LaPete seeks a blanket declaration “that replacement fenestration products in existing structures must meet the U-factor and SHGC requirements set forth in the Florida Building Code, 5th Edition (2014),

irrespective of whether the building is classified as a ‘renovated building’ under the code definition.” (A “renovated building” is one where the estimated cost of alterations exceeds 30 percent of its assessed value.)

The companies filing the motion claim that because a significant portion of their work consists of replacing fenestration in existing buildings that are not being renovated, they will be required to “incur substantial costs in connection with testing and retooling for new windows.”

A hearing was held in August, and the declaratory proceedings were briefly discussed. A motion was approved to continue this discussion at this month’s meeting.

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