The 2010 edition of the Florida Building Code took effect March 15, 2012. Generally, the most significant changes were to wind load design and construction. Recent studies have confirmed what everyone in the state suspected: South Florida gets more hurricanes. Specifically, the most changes were those dealing with wind design in accordance with the new American Society of civil engineers (ASCE) pamphlet 7. The new standard creates a new wind map for the state and generally reduces design pressure across the entire state from 0 to 31 percent, depending on location. On the surface, it appears there is a substantial increase in wind speeds (ultimate wind speed); yet, the method of calculation has changed and the design pressure shows a decrease in most cases.
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