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Notice of Proposed Rule Development – 61G20-3.015 Equivalence of Standards.

Posted by cat5shuttersllc on May 1, 2012

Notice of Proposed Rule Development - 61G20-3.015 Equivalence of Standards.Notice of Proposed Rule Development –
Department of Business and Professional Regulation proposed a new rule:

Equivalence of Standards

61G20-3.015 Equivalence of Standards.

(1) Equivalence of product standards. Where conformance to the Code is based on standards, then product evaluation shall rely on national and international consensus standards referenced in the Code. Other standards which meet or exceed standards referenced by the 2001 edition of the Code and recognized as equivalent for determining Code compliance are:

(a) ASTM E 330-97 equivalent to ASTM E 330-84;
(b) ASTM E 330-02 equivalent to ASTM E 330-84;
(c) ANSI/AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2/NAFS-02 equivalent to ANSI/AAMA/NWWDA 101/I.S.2-97;
(d) DASMA 108-02 Standard Method for Testing Sectional Garage Doors equivalent to ASTM E 330-84, ASTM E 330-97, and ASTM E 330-02; and
(e) ANSI 250.13 Testing and Rating of Severe Wind-Storm Resistant Components for Swinging Doors Assemblies equivalent to ASTM E 330-84, ASTM E 1886-97 and ASTM E 1996-99 except for the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ).

(2) Standards which meet or exceed standards referenced by the 2004 edition of the Code and recognized as equivalent for determining Code compliance are:

(a) AAMA/CSA/WDMA 101/I.S. 2/A440-05 is equivalent to AAMA/WDMA/101/I.S./NAFS-02 and AAMA/WDMA 1600/I.S. 7-00 for skylights only;
(b) ASTM D 5055-2000 is equivalent to ASTM D 5055-02;
(c) AAMA 501-94 is equivalent to AAMA 501-05; and
(d) AAMA 103.3-83 is equivalent to AAMA 103.3-05.

(3) Standards which meet or exceed standards referenced by 2007 edition of the Code and recognized as equivalent for determining Code Compliance are:

(a) ANSI/DASMA108-02 Standard Method for Testing Sectional Garage Doors and Rolling Doors: Determination of Structural Performance under Uniform Static Air Pressure Difference equivalent to ANSI/DASMA 108-05;
(b) TPI 1-02 National Design Standards for Metal-Plate-Connected Wood Truss Construction equivalent to TPI 1-07; and
(c) ASTM E 1300-02 Practice for Determining Load Resistance of Glass in Buildings equivalent to ASTM E 1300-04.

(4) Equivalence of product standards for specific product application. Standards which meet or exceed standards referenced by the Code and certified as equivalent for determining code compliance by one of the following entities shall be considered as equivalent by the Commission:

(a) An approved certification agency;
(b) An approved test lab;
(c) An approved evaluation entity;
(d) Florida licensed professional engineer or architect; or
(e) A nationally recognized standard writing organization.

(5) Equivalence of accreditation standards. Where approved evaluation entities and accreditation bodies accredit testing laboratories, certification agencies and quality assurance agencies to standards other than the referenced ISO standards in Rule 61G20-3.008, F.A.C., the accrediting body shall certify to the Commission that its standard is equivalent to the ISO standard. Such certification shall contain:

(a) A sworn statement by the officer of the accrediting body; and
(b) A comparison of the accrediting body’s standard to each criteria of the ISO reference standard with an explanation of why it is considered equivalent.

(6) Organizations:

(a) ANSI – American National Standards Institute;
(b) AAMA – American Architectural Manufacturers Association;
(c) ASTM – American Society of Testing and Materials;
(d) DASMA – Door Access Systems Manufacturers Association; and
(e) NWWDA – National Wood Window and Door Association.
Rulemaking Authority 553.842(1), (16) FS. Law Implemented 553.842(2), (16) FS. History–New 5-5-02, Amended 3-9-04, 11-22-06, 5-13-09, Formerly 9B-72.180, 9N-3.015.

Office of Fiscal Accountability and Regulatory Reform – Rule 61G20-3.015
This rule amendment is needed to help certain hurricane shutters/impact protective devices manufacturers to self-affirm their existing statewide approvals as meeting the updated 2010 edition of the Florida Building Code “the Code”, pursuant to section 553.842, Florida Statues. The 2010 Code went into effect on March 15, 2012. The new code does not incorporate the ASTM E 1996-05; a testing standard which certain impact protective devices had tested to for compliance under the existing 2007 Code. By clarifying that the edition of ASTM E 1996-05 is equivalent to the testing standards edition that are incorporated in the 2010 Code (ASTM E 1996-02 and ASTM E 1996-06, with the exclusion of mullions) qualified hurricane shutter manufacturers will be able to self-affirm their existing approval as meeting the new edition of the code and therefore, they will be able to sell the affected products in their existing inventories without the need for additional product evaluation/revision. The hurricane shutters manufacturers have requested this rule amendment and have asked that it be accomplished by March 15, 2012 when the new edition of the Florida Building code takes effect. Without this amendment, certain hurricane shutters manufacturers will incur additional cost of approximately $1000 for evaluation/revision of each affected product. This amendment will prevent certain hurricane shutters manufacturers from having to incur these additional costs for evaluating effected products. The Florida Building Commission’s Product Approval POC (Program Oversight Committee) met on January 5, 2012, and determined that the standards were equivalent (except with regard to mullions).

This amendment was requested by window and door manufacturers. The proposed changes do not create a restriction on entry into a profession; affect job retention; restrict employment seekers, or impose any costs to the people of Florida. This will, however, provide a cost savings to those manufacturers and contractors who have the affected windows and doors in their inventory by permitting them to use the windows and doors and still meet Code requirements.

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