Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Florida building code changes wind speed maps

Florida’s building code has changed the wind speed maps for all counties in Florida.

County planner Alan Pierce told commissioners last week that the wind speed maps are no longer based on the distance from the coast but are now based on the type of structure being built.

Under the old maps, buildings south and west of Highway 65 had to be built to stand up to 140 mile an hour winds, those east of Highway 65 had to be able to survive 130 mile an hour winds.

Under the new rules, single family structures built anywhere in Franklin County have to meet the 130 mile an hour wind requirement.

Requirements for public buildings can rise to as high as 150 miles an hour depending on where the structure is located in relation to the Gulf. e-mail with comments