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Winter Board of Directors and Committee Meetings Updates The FRSA Board of Directors and Committee Members met at Streamsong Resort in Polk County. Here’s a summary of the committee reports. Advisory Committee The Advisory Committee, made up of FRSA Past Presidents, had one of its best attended meetings in recent history. They reviewed the FRSA financials and discussed plans for the 2014 Convention and Trade Show. The move of the FRSA offices later in February was discussed, with staff providing a detailed description of the new location, which includes a training center. The committee was pleased to hear that there was an enthusiastic turnout at the first meeting of the Young Contractors Council the day before and heard a brief report on a collaborative effort movement that is gaining steam, which would involve different roofing associations around the country specializing in training for different aspects of the roofing profession. Affiliate Council The Council reviewed the role of the affiliate representative and discussed ways to motivate reps to attend the quarterly meetings. The Council discussed the need to promote the importance of FRSA membership among affiliate members, and the need to rebuild relationships between the affiliates and FRSA was acknowledged. The Council discussed the Convention Affiliate Competition and proposed a pitching contest combined with a charity drive. The need for a consistent platform for communication among affiliates was
discussed. The Council requested a monthly conference call on the second Thursday of every month at 3:00 pm. Codes and Regulatory Compliance Committee The Committee heard a report on the progress of FRSA/ TRI Fifth Edition Roof Tile Manual submitted to the Florida Building Commission (FBC) as an Equivalence of Standards to the Fourth Edition. The FRSA rollout of the Fifth Edition would include distributing the new manuals to FRSA members and a one-hour educational seminar with CEU’S Reports on two CILB Declaratory Statements that FRSA successfully overcame and one Florida Building Commission Declaratory Statement that was withdrawn were discussed. Additionally, the committee was briefed on and approved support of the FBC staff analysis for an upcoming declaratory statement. There was also an update on the OSHA silica dust issue. Convention Committee As of January 10, 2014, there were 124 exhibitors filling 210 booths as compared to 134 exhibitors filling 239 booths at the same time last year, leaving 71 booths needed to make budget. To date, $85,350 in sponsorships items have been secured and an additional $8,650 in sponsorships is needed to make budget. The committee reviewed 2014 promotional plans and the tentative Convention schedule. Changes to the S.T.A.R. Continued on page 12
Members of the Codes and Regulatory Compliance Committee (left to right): Adrian Cooper (Boral Roofing, Pompano Beach), Tyler Allwood (Eagle Roofing Products, Sumterville), Mark Zehnal, CPRC (FRSA Staff), Chairman George Ebersold (Tom Tannenbaum Roofing, Orlando), Cory Ewert (TAMKO Building Products, Tampa) and Mike Silvers, CPRC (Silver Systems Inc, St Petersburg.) Similar photo (different angle) on front cover also shows Donna Dove (IKO, St Augustine) and Manny Oyola (Eagle Roofing Products, Boca Raton).
Rob Springer, CPRC ◆ Scouting Report
It’s Never Too Late to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks! He was a roofing executive in his early fifties, a “Baby Boomer” who had worked his way up the proverbial ladder in the industry. With years of experience under his belt and numerous professional accolades on the wall, he was confident that Springer-Peterson employees collaborate during a staff meeting. he was prepared with the necessary skills to lead his family owned future employment. Millennials tend to focus on these, coupled with job company once his father transitioned satisfaction and personal fulfillment, more than on income. My personal shortfall was neglecting to recognize my team’s desire into retirement. He was wrong! Throughout his career, long hours for more balance between work and their personal lives and failing to and demanding production schedules adapt to and appreciate their differing attitudes, approaches to work, and were a way of life. The often unspoken their expectations in the work place. These simple realizations have had a and uncompromising expectation was positive impact on my leadership effectiveness and required only minor to do whatever it took to bring jobs in adjustments in my approach. There is no question my team prefers my on time, make a profit – or at least break improved, more relaxed, collaborative style over my “old dog” ways. even – all the while keeping customers satisfied. Because he had learned the FRSA Leadership and the New Young Contractors Council business in an era where an employer’s From all indications it looks like small businesses and professional asrules and working conditions were ac- sociations like ours may have the edge when it comes to leveraging the cepted without question, this mindset flexibility to adapt our business structures and practices to entice this next influenced his perspective and spilled generation, whether workers or members, to successfully integrate into over into his personal management style. our existing teams. If you stop for a moment to think about how today’s young people Over time unfortunately, workplace chalgrew up, it makes sense that they cite coaching, collaboration, feedback lenges arose as his young team, most in and motivation when asked what they want most from their employers their mid-thirties, struggled to keep pace and professional networks. Millennials grew up in a structured environwith what they perceived as his unrealment and are used to being supervised. They expect to be coached by istic expectations and strong, bully-like leaders who are honest, have integrity and who treat them with respect. ways. Millennials like to know and understand their role in the big picture. They Sound familiar? That was me not too appreciate two-way communication, job flexibility and opportunities to long ago! learn and collaborate meaningfully. After conferring with other industry Speaking of collaboration, FRSA has recently reached out to Millennialleaders and hearing similar stories, it beage members and pledged our support to cultivate our future leaders by came obvious that we had quickly fallen helping them to facilitate the creation of a Young Contractors’ Council, into a generation gap. The sad reality was much like our fellow contractors have done in the Midwest with supthat the way we had previously managed port from MRCA. Since challenging projects often motivate Millennials and our traditional efforts aimed at sucto work harder, it doesn’t surprise me that our dynamic group of young cess were no longer hitting the mark. contractors demonstrated their tech-savvy, multi-tasking, collaborative Admittedly the majority of my generabilities by successfully orchestrating their first organizational meeting at ation focused its attention on job security Streamsong in late January. Be sure to watch for updates on the progress and adhering to rigid structure, often unof their Council and join me in congratulating them on their commitment willing to change. In hindsight, we should to our industry! have more readily recognized over the years that young workers entering our industry view the world differently and have redefined the meaning of success, both personally and professionally. They are looking for current employability and the flexibility to build their skill sets for firstname.lastname@example.org
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As the Boys Of Summer head to Spring Training, here are “my predictions” for Division and Wild Card Winners prior to the start of the 2014 Season. National League ♦♦ East – Atlanta Braves ♦♦Central – Cincinnati Reds ♦♦West – Los Angeles Dodgers ♦♦Washington Nationals, St Louis Cardinals (wild cards) American League ♦♦East – Baltimore Orioles ♦♦Central – Detroit Tigers ♦♦West – Texas Rangers ♦♦Kansas City Royals, Tampa Bay Rays (wild cards).
Following the sale of the FRSA Headquarters, FRSA Staff is moving a few blocks to a new facility that will include a training center. The new facility is located at 7071 University Boulevard, Winter Park 32792 (the “�” on the map.)
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Cam Fentriss ◆ FRSA Legislative Counsel
Less Government? With the March 4 start of the 2014 legislative session right around the corner, senators and representatives are very busy filing bills for consideration. As of mid-January, a total of 690 bills have been filed. We can expect the number to climb to 2,000 by early March. While a few construction-related bills have been filed, the earlier bills tend to be about more popular subjects such as texting while driving, etc. We will have the chance to be much more involved as we get closer to March. Generally, the amount of government regulation continues to be something we would all like to see reduced because there is just too much of it. Politicians campaign and get elected on the promise of “less government,” so I thought it would be interesting to do a rough count of the bills filed so far that actually increase government. This is nothing scientific – just a rough count. Here are the results. About 24 percent (or 160) of the bills filed so far impose some form of additional or new government on individuals in Florida. Essentially, these bills say an individual must or cannot do something and the proposal is to make that a law. Even more eye opening is that the split between Democrats and Republicans filing these bills is about 50-50 (with the number filed by Republicans slightly higher). That is amazing. Apparently, no one is immune to the urge to restrict our freedom.
Our job as citizens and the construction industry is to speak up and let our elected officials know what we think about any of these “good ideas” that will affect us. Please watch for our requests to contact your legislators
About 100 filed bills directly impose requirements on state agencies or local governments, and again the split is about even between Democrats and Republicans filing these bills. A much larger number of bills indirectly impose additional requirements on state or local government offices. While that’s not more government imposed on the individual, it is more government. More importantly, most (if not all) of these proposals will cost more money. That means either higher taxes or fewer services in some other area to offset the additional cost. Most of the legislation filed that increases government is piecemeal, meaning that it adds requirements to existing laws or programs. Very often these types of changes are a reaction to a tragic event or an appalling court decision. We can all understand why it’s important to fix something wrong with a law, but, over time, the “isolated event” approach to government just looks like a piece of paper with a bunch of band-aids all over it – that’s not good. The good news is that only a fraction of the bills filed ever pass the legislature and become law. That is mainly because each bill has some level of scrutiny during the 60 days of the legislative session. Legislative leadership and staff, as well as voting legislators, are usually very good at weeding out those bills that cost too much or impose too greatly on our rights or our freedom. March and April will be dedicated to examining the cost and implication of about 2,000 “good ideas” that have been published by Florida’s 160 legislators. Our job as citizens and the construction industry is to speak up and let our elected officials know what we think about any of these “good ideas” that will affect us. Please watch for our requests to contact your legislators – if we contact you, it will be because your support (or opposition) is needed and important.
–RFM– Anna Cam Fentriss is an attorney licensed in Florida since 1988 representing clients with legislative and state agency interests. Cam has represented FRSA since 1993, is an Honorary Member of FRSA, recipient of the FRSA President’s Award in 2002 and received the Campanella Award in 2010. She is a member of the Florida Building Commission Special Occupancy Technical Advisory Committee, President of Building A Safer Florida Inc. and past Construction Coalition Chair (1995-1997).
Trent Cotney ◆ FRSA Legal Counsel
Making Sure Your Construction Lien Is Not Fraudulent Many contractors throughout the State of Florida have been forced to serve and record a construction lien in order to secure payment on a construction project. Some contractors are forced to file a lawsuit to foreclose their lien in an attempt to collect overdue payments. In these situations, one of the first defenses or counterclaims raised by the property owner is that the claim of lien is fraudulent. If a lien is found to be fraudulent, the lien is discharged from the property and the owner may be entitled to recover its attorney’s fees, costs and additional charges including punitive damages from the contractor. The remainder of this article is intended to raise awareness of the issues and possible preventative steps that may be taken to prevent a successful fraudulent claim of lien defense or counterclaim by a property owner against a contractor. Contractors should be aware that a fraudulent lien as defined by Florida law does not encompass the common understanding of fraud or even mean that fraud was necessarily involved. Rather, for an owner to convince a Court that a lien is fraudulent the owner need only prove that either the lien amount is purposefully exaggerated, the lien claims amounts for work or materials not actually provided on the project or that the lien amount was negligently determined by the contractor. Any exaggeration of the lien must also be coupled with bad faith. If the amount of the lien against the property is more than the unpaid balance remaining for the construction services provided, it may be a fraudulent lien. Therefore, contractors should not include in their claim of lien amounts for attorney’s fees or any other amounts not directly related to the physical construction of the project. Contractors need to be careful and review any claim of lien before filing it. However, if a claim of lien does contain a clerical, minor error or omission, the mistake will not automatically void the lien, so long as the error or omission does not prejudice the landowner. There are also several defenses that contractors may have against an owner’s 8
claim that a lien is fraudulent. The first of which is consultation with a licensed attorney prior to filing the lien. Any consultation with an attorney about the lien prior to filing it establishes that the contractor acted in good faith, thereby making it difficult for an owner to show that the lien was filed in bad faith. To qualify for this protection, the contractor must be fully candid with the attorney, and in turn, the attorney must be fully and completely informed of all of the facts. It will be extremely difficult for an owner to show that a lien is fraudulent when it is prepared and/or filed by an attorney informed of all the circumstances surrounding the lien. Another defense available to contractors, recognized by both case law and statute, is that a good faith dispute as to the amount owed is not a willful exaggeration. The Courts and even the Legislature have recognized that the entire reason that there is a claim of lien is because the contractor believes he is entitled to a certain amount and the owner believes that it is a lesser amount. An owner’s allegation that a lien is fraudulent because he thinks the contractor should be paid less than what is claimed, for whatever reason be it minor defects or unfinished punch list work, should never be grounds for dismissal of a lien, even if the Court agrees with the owner. A final notable issue regarding allegations of fraudulent liens against contractors by landowners is punishment, both criminal and administrative. Because of Florida’s homestead laws there are very few ways to foreclose on property, and a construction lien is one of them. This makes it a very powerful tool to ensure proper payment for work performed. However, if a lien is fraudulent, the person filing the lien has committed a third degree felony and, if charged by a State attorney, will also be reported to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. See §713.31(3), Florida Statutes. Therefore, ensuring that a lien is not fraudulent is not only in the company’s best interest, but also in the interests of the individual signing the lien.
–RFM– Author’s note: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation. Trent Cotney is Florida Bar Certified in Construction Law, a Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil and Appellate Mediator, Qualified Florida Court-Appointed Arbitrator, General Counsel and a director of the Florida Roofing Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors Association (FRSA), a director of the West Coast Roofing Contractors Association (WCRCA) and a member of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) and Pinellas County Contractors Association (PCCA). For more information, contact the author at (813) 579-3278 or email@example.com. Follow Trent Cotney at www.trentcotney.blogspot.com, on YouTube at FLConstructionLaw and on twitter @trentcotney.
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At the quarterly meetings, the FRSA Educational & Research Foundation recognized the CFRSA and District 7 affiliates, SMRSMCA and SWFRCA, Endowment contributors who have paid in full on their pledges (left to right): Chair Les Sims, CPRC (Armstrong Roofing), Dave Shewski, CPRC (Shewski Roofing), Todd Schupp (Gulf Coast Roofing & Sheet Metal), George Ebersold (Tom Tannenbaum Roofing), Todd Page (Johns Manville), George Manson, CPRC (Manson Roofing), Stephanie Daniels (Atlas Roofing), Lana Wolf (JGA Beacon), Al Singleton (Alvin J Singleton), Bruce Manson (Manson Roofing), Brad Sutter (Sutter Roofing Co of FL), Bob Mahoney (B&Z Custom Sheet Metal). Continued from page 4
Awards program were discussed and trophy options re- preparing the business side of companies for a disasviewed. Early registration forms with discounted rates ter. Once the documents have been reviewed, they will for Board and Committee members were distributed. be available to FRSA members. The discount is available through February. Educational Foundation Disaster Preparedness & Response Committee The committee discussed the request from the FRSA The committee discussed the options for developing a Executive Committee to sponsor the new training cencurriculum for disaster training, in which FRSA con- ter. The Trustees donated $10,000 to the Association tractor members would be “registered” in the program for the training center, which will begin hosting semiand networked with other contractors when a disaster nars in April. They also discussed topics for spring, occurred. They also reviewed documents for use in Convention and fall seminars. The still-to-be-named “Young Contractor Council” formed on January 31 at the quarterly Board of Directors and Committee meetings. Many of the first meeting participants posed for this photo with President Rob Springer, CPRC. From left to right: Pete Rintelman (Hartford South, Orlando), Adam Swope (Tampa Roofing, Tampa), Joe Parent (State Pride Roofing of FL, West Palm Beach), Rob Springer (Springer-Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal, Eaton Park), Christina Sturgill (Gulfeagle Supply, Riviera Beach), Wesley Malone (Hartford South, Orlando), Diana King (Springer-Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal, Eaton Park), Chris Berlin (Springer-Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal, Eaton Park), Adam Purdy, CPRC (Edwards Roofing Co, Pensacola), Daniel Boatright (Springer-Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal, Eaton Park), Jackson Dodd (New South Systems,
President and First Lady Rob and Tammy Springer welcomed FRSA members into their home the Thursday evening of the quarterly Board and Committee meetings. Mike Reed, Burt Logan, Gary Register, Bob Mahoney and Don Springer enjoyed dinner and good conversation.
Executive Committee The committee reviewed December 31, 2013 FRSA and Services Corp Audited Financial Statements, discussed the impending move of the FRSA office to a new location, listened to a staff review update, and looked closely at plans for the upcoming 2014 Convention. The fifth Edition of the Roof Tile Manual was discussed along with the newly established Young Contractors Council. A decision was made to postpone the biannual Strategic Plan Review until later in the year and it was agreed that the committee would attend the Educational Foundation meeting the next day to ask the trustees to sponsor the training center at the new FRSA location for the first year it is operating.
Governmental Affairs The committee heard an FRSA Political Action Committee (PAC) financial report, discussed the change of the FRSA PAC from a Committee of Continuous Existence (CCE) to a Political Committee and looked over a report prepared by Legislative Counsel Cam Fentriss. Fentriss noted that there was not much to report at this meeting which occurred prior to the beginning of the 2014 legislative session, but that FRSA should remain diligent in looking for issues that may arise. A request was made for a definitive statement from FRSA on our position on roof top mechanical equipment to be used as an aid by State Representative Keith Perry, an FRSA member, in composing legislation
Tallahassee), John Hansen (Springer-Peterson Roofing and Sheet Metal, Eaton Park), Rob Lusa (RF Lusa & Sons Sheet Metal, Lakeland), Matt Foxenberger (Walker Rep Group/GAF, Tampa), Jay Salmon (Gulfeagle Supply, Orlando), Tom Oâ€™Toole Jr (RMS Orlando, Orlando), Jason Howard (Triangle Fastener Corp, Tampa), Sean Ramsey (Walker Rep Group/GAF, Orlando), Troy Tennyson (RMS Orlando, Orlando), Chris Tenney (Godwin Green Roofing, Gainesville), Gene Spires (ABC Supply Co, Orlando). Not pictured but present at the meeting were: Drew Ramsey (GAF-ELK Corp, Orlando), Michael Kornahrens (Advanced Roofing, Ft Lauderdale), Cory Ewert (TAMKO Building Products, Tampa), Brian Swope, CPRC (Tampa Roofing, Tampa), Lincoln Register (J Register Co, Jacksonville).
President Rob Springer, CPRC, speaks to the FRSA members who gathered at the Streamsong resort built on old phosphate mining land.
to clarify a confusing aspect of the building codes. The committee reviewed a list of recommended campaign contributions prepared by Fentriss and approved all that were suggested. Ladies Committee The Ladies Committee finalized details for the Ladies’ and Kids’ programs for the 2014 Convention. They decided not to have a booth on the Expo floor since the ladies’ activities will take place near the Expo entrance. Committee members discussed plans to raise money for the 2014 charity of choice, ReadingPals, and signed Convention donation request letters, which were mailed out on February 4. Public Relations & Marketing Committee The committee reviewed marketing material for the Convention and Expo, including the poster, post cards and a press release distributed to industry publications. It then looked at the S.T.A.R. Awards promotion, including a video on the FRSA website and YouTube channel, mailed flyers and an email campaign. Next, the committee reviewed the 2014 Editorial Calendar, discussed the new “Affiliates’ Corner” in ROOFING FLORIDA Magazine and the introduction of a “Contractors Tool” section debuting in February (see page 9). Finally, the committee viewed the new ROOFING promotional literature to heighten consumer awareFLORIDA website and provided feedback. You can see ness on unlicensed activity. the new website by visiting www.floridaroof.com/rfm and clicking on the ROOFING FLORIDA logo. Young Contractors Council Twenty-five members under the age of 40 attended the Roof Tile Committee Staff reported on the anticipated approval of the kick-off meeting of the Young Roofing Professionals FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Tile Group. The group decided to meet quarterly in conjuncInstallation Manual, Fifth Edition as an equivalency of tion with the FRSA Board of Directors and Committee standard to the Fourth Edition by the Florida Building meetings. In the coming weeks, a chair or co-chairs Commission. Staff has developed a one-hour seminar will be confirmed and members will vote on a group based on the Fifth Edition, which will be presented to name. A formal mission statement will be developed roofing contractors and building inspectors. The committee also discussed the possibility of a condensed in April, and the group plans to focus on the future of the industry. version of the manual for onsite inspections. Unlicensed Contractor Activity Taskforce Plans for partnering with other construction associations, building departments, DBPR and the Sheriff’s Department to battle unlicensed contractor activity were outlined. There was discussion about all building departments linking their permitting section to the Property Appraisals Office, so that prospective home buyers could research permitted and licensed work performed on existing homes. The committee is working on developing
–RFM– Jan and Brad Sutter and Charlie and Paula Kennedy at the Springer gathering.
Product Approvals and the Florida Building Code By Dale Nelson, President of Roof Hugger
One of the most important things we need to know when trying to get a permit to roof or re-roof a building in Florida is the Florida Product Approval Number or “Florida #” for the new roofing material we intend to use. Once we have our FL #, we present it to our local building department, they verify the number is valid and voilà, in a few minutes, we often have our permit. However, just because you have a Florida Product Approval Number, it doesn’t automatically mean that product will meet the Florida Building Code for a particular project. While that might not sound correct, let’s look at another factor that determines whether a given system with a Florida Product Approval will actually be code compliant at a particular site. Florida Product Approvals for all roofing products give you the limits of use defining maximum wind uplift pressure capacity for each tested product, installed in a particular way, on a particular roof substrate. That means that any wind uplift requirements for a project must fall below or meet the limits of use. So what if a Florida-approved product also possesses a UL-90 rating? Won’t it at least be good for projects requiring -90 psf or less wind uplift? The answer is no. UL-90 are pass/fail tests that place a sustained -105 psf pressure on a given product and hold it for a specific period of time. If it does not fail, the product “passes” and can be UL-90 rated. Since Florida requires a “Factor of Safety” of 2.0 under many conditions, the product will typically have a maximum usable uplift load capacity of -52.5 psf (half the -105 psf). There are other product tests: each roofing material has its own particular test protocol. For standing seam metal roof panel systems, the most
commonly accepted industry tests are UL-90 and E-1592. The E-1592 test is much more stringent since it provides a larger test sample and takes the roof panels to failure. Failure is typically fastener pull out, seam/joint disengagement, deflection or roof clip failure. The sustained pressure prior to the point of failure is then divided in half and furnishes the maximum working uplift pressure you can use in design calculations. For instance, if the panel system fails at -120 psf you can use a maximum of -60 psf as your design load. So what does this all mean for designing and permitting a new roof or a re-roofing project? This part is pretty straight forward: If the FBC-required wind uplift loads on a roof exceed the tested capacity of a roofing material, even if the material is Florida Product Approved, it does not meet the minimum requirements of the Code. A typical low slope roof plan is pictured in the diagram below. The ASCE-7 loads for a general occupancy, 80’ wide x 150’ long x 20’ tall pre-engineered building with 5’ purlin spacing located in Orlando Florida with a 136 mph wind speed are approximately: Zone I
Let’s look at this building comparing two different Florida Product Approved metal roof panel systems.
Typical Low Slope Roof Zone Plan
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Medium load wind zones around perimeter (~15 percent of the total roof surface)
Highest load wind zones at each corner (~5 percent of the total roof surface)
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III -64.0 Beyond Limits 4’-0” o.c. Panel System “A” is a new 24” Trapezoidal Standing Seam with snap-together seams. When we look up the “Limits of use” in the Florida Product Approval we find the following test values: ♦♦Maximum allowable load -22.5 psf when attached to purlins 5’ o.c. ♦♦Maximum allowable load -52.5 psf when attached to purlins 1’ o.c. ♦♦Values between 1’-0” and 5’-0” can be interpolated per Table A. ♦♦Roof panel “A” can only meet the lightest loads in Zone I of the roof if additional framing is added to reduce the clip/attachment spacing to 4’-0”, similarly in Zone II additional framing must be installed except the panel must now be attached 2’-0” o.c. The bigger problem here is that in Zone III the required load of -64 psf is beyond the tested capacity of the panel; -52.5 psf attached 1’-0” o.c. This panel cannot be used on this project even though it is Florida Product Approved. See Table B. For Panel System “B”, the “Limits of Use” using a mechanically seamed, standing seam panel with 16” o.c. vertical ribs we find the following: ♦♦Maximum allowable load -47.0 psf when attached to purlins 5’ o.c. ♦♦Maximum allowable load -125.0 psf when attached to purlins 1’-0” o.c. ♦♦This panel can meet the -25 psf Zone I loads on 5’ attachment. ♦♦This panel can meet the -42 psf Zone II loads on 5’ attachment.
♦♦It can also meet the -64 psf Zone III loads in Zone III but the panel’s clip attachment /purlin spacing must be reduced from the existing 5’-0” spacing. Adding the needed structure to reduce the purlin spacing to 4’-0” provides -66.5 psf capacity; making the product fully FBC compliant. This example is for an industrial open purlin building but the same procedure applies to residential metal roofing except the FPA will be for “Metal Panels Attached to Plywood” or for “Metal Panels Attached to Structural Decking.” The table and values will be different but the principal is the same, the panel capacity, at a given clip spacing, must exceed the loads in each of the roof zones. The important point here is that although both roof panels in these examples have Florida Product Approvals, only one meets the FBC requirements and is acceptable for use on this project. All roofing materials, conventional and metal, have similar limitations on their use and simply selecting a product that is “Approved” does not mean it is appropriate or will meet the code required loadings. When you are selecting a material for a new or reroofing project I recommend the following: 1. Find out what the required roof loads are in each zone as well as the zone size and shape. Different shaped roofs will have different zone configurations. Many suppliers will assist you with an estimate of these loads, but consulting a professional engineer is the safest way to insure compliance. 2. Understand the ‘Limits of Use” for the roofing product you want to install. Make sure it exceeds the code minimums. Remember each product, although similar to another, will have its own specific limits. 3. Make sure your building is within the parameters of the Product Approval. If the building is outside those parameters, consult a professional engineer to determine how to proceed. 4. Finally when installing the Product, make sure you install it exactly as stated in the Product Approval Documents. Failure to follow the installation guidelines may result in a non-code compliant assembly. Florida’s Building Code and the related Product Approvals have set a high bar to insure strong, durable, high quality roofs, understanding and following the details and limitation of the approvals is key to achieving the intended result and keeping you in compliance with the FBC.
–RFM– Dale Nelson is the President of Roof Hugger, Inc. an FRSA Associate Member. Since 1991, ROOF HUGGER has grown to become the leader in metal-over-metal retrofit technologies with headquarters in the Tampa area, fabrication facilities in four states and sales offices in Dallas. Find out more at www.roofhugger.com.
County Building Department Listings, Continued from page 11
Orange County Administration Building, 1st Floor 201 Rosalind Ave Orlando 32801 Phone: (407) 836-8181 PermittingServices@ocfl.net Osceola County Administration Building 1 Courthouse Sq, Ste 1400 Kissimmee 34741 Phone: (407) 742-0200 buildingcustomercare@ osceola.org Palm Beach County 2300 N Jog Rd West Palm Beach 33411 Doug Wise (Building Director) Phone: (561) 233-5000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Pasco County 7508 Little Rd New Port Richey 34654 Timothy J Moore (Chief Building Official) Phone: (727) 847-8127 Fax: (727) 847-8928 email@example.com Pinellas County Building & Development 440 Court St Clearwater 33756 Phone: (727) 464-3888 Polk County Review Services 330 W Church St Bartow 33831 Al Handley (Director) Phone: (863) 534-6080 Fax: (863) 534-6016 firstname.lastname@example.org Putnam County 2509 Crill Ave, Ste 300 Palatka 32177 Paul Myers (Building Official) Phone: (386) 329-0307
Santa Rosa County 6051 Old Bagdad Hwy, Room 202 Milton 32583 Rhonda Royals (Building Official) Phone: (850) 981-7000 Fax: (850) 623-1208 DevelopmentServices@ santarosa.fl.gov Sarasota County 1565 1st St Sarasota 34236 Greg Yantorno (Building Official) Phone: (941) 861-6637 email@example.com Seminole County 101 E 1st St Sanford 32771 Paul Watson (Building Official) Phone: (407) 665-7050 Fax: (407) 665-7407 bpcustomerservice@ seminolecountyfl.gov
St. Johns County 4040 Lewis Speedway St Augustine 32084 Phone: (904) 827-6800 Fax: (904) 827-6820 firstname.lastname@example.org St. Lucie County 2300 Virginia Ave Ft Pierce 34982 Phone: (772) 462-1553 Sumter County Villages Sumter County Service Center 7375 Powell Road, Ste 115 Wildwood 34785 Phone: (352) 689-4460 Fax: (352) 689-4461 Suwannee County 224 Pine Ave Live Oak 32064 Patrick Taylor (Building Official) Phone: (386) 364-3407 email@example.com Continued on page 23
Codes and Technical Services Works for FRSA Members By Mark Zehnal, CPRC, Director of Technical Services Preserving the Florida Building Code One of the most important services FRSA provides involves coordinating the roofing code modification process. Most of this effort occurs at the Florida Building Commission level. The Codes and Regulatory Compliance Committee works to keep everything in the code that we have spent ten years developing. Previously, at the beginning of a new code cycle, the Florida-specific codes would be moved forward unless they were challenged and rejected during the code modification process. However, through legislative action promoted by others, the Florida-specific changes are now purged at the start of every code cycle, leaving the International Code Council’s (an unregulated entity with interests outside of Florida) International Building Code as the base code as a starting point. This legislative situation forces some convoluted phrases where FRSA’s efforts to preserve the Florida Building Code are labeled “code modifications” because we have to submit code modification requests in order to preserve existing code. This legislation has created a mountain of work for FRSA but we have done what we needed to do in order to protect the code. My task has been to coordinate the submittal of the previous Floridaspecific – 220 requests in all – to preserve the previous code. We did not make any changes from the previous code cycle except to request that the new FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Tile Installation Manual, Fifth Edition be accepted as an equivalent standard as the Fourth Edition. The Fourth Edition remains a valid standard but manufacturers and contractors now have the freedom to use the Fifth Edition, which I believe provides more appropriate guidelines for the 2010 Code. In the move from 2007 to 2010 Florida Building Code, we did lose two code references, which means FRSA achieved 99 percent of what we set out to accomplish. The Roof Tile Manual At the August 2013 FBC meeting the Commission decided to postpone the implementation of the 2013 Florida Building Code until at least December 2014. This decision, by itself, would have delayed the availability of the FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Tile Installation Manual, Fifth Edition until then. That situation compelled FRSA to act on behalf
of its members in an effort to get the manual recognized through the Florida Administrative Code as an the Equivalency of Standards to the Fourth Edition. FRSA’s rational for submitting the petition was that the design tables in the Fifth Edition are based on ASCE 7-10, which are required in the 2010 Florida Building Code. Additionally, the Fifth Edition includes Exposure Category D in the design tables; these are not considered in the Fourth Edition. At the December 2013 FBC Meeting the Commission unanimously approved the FRSA/TRI Florida High Wind Concrete and Clay Tile Installation Manual, Fifth Edition as an Equivalency of Standards to the Fourth Edition. Subsequently FRSA has developed a one hour educational seminar on the use of the Fifth Edition design tables and submitted it to the Construction Industry Licensing Board (CILB) and the Building Code Administrators and Inspectors Board (BCAIB) for continuing education credits. FRSA will be able to provide this information to contractors and inspectors who benefit from the knowledge that they receive while receiving continuing education credits toward their licenses. Manufacturers Save Money FRSA’s successful efforts getting the Fifth Edition accepted as an equivalent to the Fourth Edition means that manufacturers can use the Fifth Edition in their Florida Product Approvals without having to pay an engineer to perform each required standards test for each tile profile
Mark Zehnal, CPRC, represents FRSA on code and technical matters and provides FRSA members with valuable support in a wide range of areas.
they offer. Overall, this represents a substantial amount on the new Tile Manual. FRSA members, in turn, benefit of money saved by tile manufacturers in Florida. from better-informed building departments who are more knowledgeable about roofing codes and who, as a result, Contractor Support value their relationship with FRSA. I’m available to provide assistance to our members who have questions about codes, permitting, product approv- ICC Involvement als/NOA and licensing issues that impact their business. I mentioned earlier our work with ICC at the Florida Code issues may not be only related to roofing code. They Building Commission level. FRSA has also become may be something that is Florida Building Code but not more involved at the ICC level because, as we see with in Chapter 15. I had occasion a couple of weeks ago to pull the use of the International Building Code as Florida’s something out of Chapter 14 Exterior Walls because the base code, what happens at ICC certainly affects us. member’s question had to do with siding, not with someI attend ICC meetings across the country and, as thing in the roofing chapter. It took me a little while but I a result, FRSA’s has become better recognized at the found what I needed and got the information to the con- national level. At those meetings, I have had the opportractor who was able to use it. tunity to network with people from other organizations The service I provide is exclusive to FRSA members and to work together when there is common cause. For – contractors, manufacturers, distributors and service instance, I spoke on behalf of the Cedar, Shake and providers – so when I get calls from nonmembers looking Shingle Bureau regarding the use of stainless steel for help I remind them that technical services is a member fasteners. Their proposal for roofing applications, for benefit and recommend they become members; not only which FRSA provided comment, was accepted by ICC for my assistance but for all the benefits FRSA member- while a similar proposal for stainless steel fasteners ship provides. in siding applications, for which we were not asked to comment, was not accepted. As a result of interactions Relationship with Building Officials like that one, FRSA’s name is in the light. Because of its work over the years, FRSA is in a great posiFRSA have also successfully submitted changes to tion to act as a liaison between its contractor members and the International Building Code that greatly simplify the State’s building officials. Sometimes, it can be difficult the specifications for underlayment. Since IBC is slatfor a contractor to work directly with the building official ed to be the base code for the next revision of Florida when there is an issue. Having a full time technical staff Building Code, those underlayment changes in IBC member means that the opportunity for even stronger rewill find their way – if they remain unmodified during lationships has developed. There have been many times the rest of the ICC code process – into Florida Code. when a contractor has called with a code issue involving a building official. I remember one recent occasion when FRSA’s intention is to remain involved with ICC in a member called me about peel and stick underlayment. order to positively impact its influence on the Florida I arranged a conference call with the building official and roofing industry. we discovered that he had some valid points. I was also able to share some information and now the member, myself and the building official have a better appreciation of each other. Another example of how FRSA is working with building departments resulted from speaking at an NEFRSA Affiliate meeting. Afterwards, a Jacksonville building department representative, asked if I could speak at a meeting of his inspectors. As a result, I plan to attend a before-work meeting in Jacksonville in March. It is important to understand that working with Florida’s building officials means two-way communication through which building departments and FRSA members both benefit. Because of unlicensed and unscrupulous contractors, regulation is necessary and building officials provide that service. However, because of the challenging economic times of the past half-decade, municipalities have struggled to provide the same level of service. Many departments greatly appreciate the help FRSA can provide in the form of up-to-date information regarding the Florida Building Code. A current example that I mentioned earlier is the “road show” of one-hour seminars that I will be conducting that will help building departments (as well as contractors) get up to speed
The Broader Perspective Even after my years at the Miami-Dade Building Code Compliance Office and as a roofing contractor in South Florida, my experiences during the first couple of years as the Director of Technical Services at FRSA have provided a much broader view of our industry. Working with people from associations like ICC as well as NRCA, RCI, TRI, ASTM, RICOWI and others provides valuable information on the processes, politics and perspectives that help define the industry at the State and National level. This perspective allows FRSA to not only develop a sense of what lies ahead for the industry – information that our members benefit from because, for one reason, it can give them a competitive advantage over companies who are not “in the know” – but also to be a part of the process that determines what the industry will look like next year and next decade. For more information about how your FRSA membership can benefit you, contact us at (800) 767-3772 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or visit us online at www.floridaroof.com.
Affiliates’ Corner CRSA Completes Re‑Roof on Tallahassee Ronald McDonald House The Capital City Roofing & Sheet Metal Association chose the Tallahassee Ronald McDonald House as the recipient of its annual charity roofing project. The FRSA affiliate joined forces recently to install the roof. The Ronald McDonald House provides assistance to the families of sick children. Because of community support such as CRSA’s, the House has never turned away a family who was not able to pay for their stay while their child was in the hospital. FRSA companies donating materials to the project include ABC Supply, Gulfeagle Supply and TAMKO Building Products. Since 2008, CRSA has donated $180,000 in roofing projects for various charity facilities in Tallahassee.
Left, CRSA members work on the re-roof project at the Tallahassee Ronald McDonald House. Above, the finished product.
The Affiliate Council has chosen a pitching contest for this year’s affilate competition and a book drive to support ReadingPals. Stay tuned for more information. The 2014 NEFRSA officers are sworn in at the January meeting. Left to right: Secretary Vinni Marino, Director Dave Gouge, Director Loretta Hartley (Sunniland Corp, Jacksonville), FRSA Past President Gary Register, (J Register Co), Treasurer Tonya Steele (Millennium Metals, Jacksonville), Vice-President Chuck Pacetti. Not pictured: Ralph DeCicco (Intracoastal Roofing Co, Jacksonville) President.
Read a Book, Make a Difference First Lady Tammy Springer Announces Her Charity of Choice for the 2014 Convention By Cheryl Sulock, CMP, FRSA Director of Convention and Trade Show Each Tuesday morning, FRSA First Lady Tammy Springer heads to a kindergarten class at Purcell Elementary in Mulberry and a classroom full of smiling faces greets her. She gets started by singing a fun “wake up” song with the kids then opens a book and a world of possibilities. Tammy is a volunteer for ReadingPals, a one-on-one guided reading program designed to help children read at grade level by third grade. In conjunction with local school districts, United Way is leading the initiative in communities throughout Florida. According to the ReadingPals website, “one-third of Florida’s public school third graders cannot read at even minimally proficient levels. This ultimately translates into more than 60 percent of Florida’s public school tenth graders unable to read at grade level.” ReadingPals is working to change these sad statistics, and Tammy is working to help them. She volunteers for one hour each week and is responsible for reading to two groups of two kindergarten students for 30 minutes.
“Small groups are the key to this program. It’s the one-onone interaction that these kids need,” Tammy says. “On average, each child gets only 11 minutes of one-on-one interaction with an adult each day.” She may simply be reading to a child, but a lot happens in those 30 minutes. The kids develop language skills, build vocabulary, and work on contextual clues, predictions, recall and comprehension. Tammy fights the tears as she says, “There is no greater joy and satisfaction for me than to see their precious faces light up when they recognize words and begin reading on their own.” Whose Hat is This? Selecting ReadingPals as the 2014 charity of choice was an easy decision for Tammy. She has set a goal of collecting 400 books by the annual convention in July with the hope that each child participating in the ReadingPals program in Polk County can have a book to take home. While the program would gladly accept any book donation, Tammy
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has selected “Whose Hat is This?” by Sharon Katz Cooper as the specific title from the ReadingPals curriculum that FRSA members are working to collect. Tammy read “Whose Hat is This?” to her students during one of her recent visits and brought an assortment of hats for the kids to wear. One of the young girls selected a red firefighter hat to wear. After watching Tammy proudly put on a yellow construction hat, the girl ran over and switched her hat. “It’s just amazing how much influence you have on these kids,” says Tammy. Be a Pal – Join the Initiative FRSA encourages you to support this cause through monetary or book donations. Monetary donation forms are available at www.floridaroof.com. Book donations can be sent to the FRSA Offices at PO Box 4850, Winter Park, FL 32793. Donations will be collected through July 1, 2014 and will be presented to the ReadingPals organization during FRSA’s 92nd Annual Convention and the Florida Roofing & Sheet Metal Expo in Orlando, Florida. ReadingPals works in conjunction with The Children’s Movement of Florida, Early Learning Coalitions and Children’s Services Councils and is made possible through a generous grant from Carol and Barney Barnett. Visit your local United Way website for more information on the ReadingPals initiative and to learn how you can become a ReadingPals volunteer.
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Taylor County 201 E Green St Perry 32347 Danny Griner (Building Official) Phone: (850) 838-3500 Ext 1 email@example.com
Volusia County 123 W Indiana Ave Deland 32720 Don Vancini (Director) Phone: (386) 822-5739 firstname.lastname@example.org
Union County 15277 SW 84th St Lake Butler 32054 Phone: (386) 496-2676
Wakulla County 3095 Crawfordville Hwy Crawfordville 32327 James Melvin (Building Official) Phone: (850) 926-7636 Fax: (850) 926-8086 email@example.com
Walton County 47 N Sixth St Defuniak Springs 32433 Billy Bearden (Building Official) Phone: (850) 892-8160 Fax: (850) 892-8533 firstname.lastname@example.org Washington County 1331 South Blvd Ste 214 Chipley 32428 Roger Williams (Building Official) Phone: (850) 638-6195 Fax: (850) 638-6304 email@example.com
More Info on These Listings... The list of the 67 Florida County Building Departments was compiled from information available on the Internet. As best we can tell, there is no single source that offers upto-date information for Florida Building Departments, until now. Considerable effort went into finding the most up to date contact information, however, if a county listing was outdated at the time of research, it will be reflected in these listings. The structure of building departments varies from county to county. Some Florida counties provide a single point of contact for permitting, licensing and inspections while others have separate information for each. In the latter case, these listings provide the permitting contact information. More complete listings, including website addresses for county building departments â€“ most of which are too long to be included in print â€“ will be available to members online. Visit www.floridaroof.com for details.
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