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Comments on the 2013 Update to the Florida Building Code to be considered by the Commission Energy TAC Meeting Date: August 22, 2013 Tracking ID Florida Building Code, Energy Conservation Proposed Changes Comments TAC Action August 6, 2013 Commission Action EN 1 Section 553.912, Florida Statutes 553.912 Air conditioners.— All air conditioners that are sold or installed in the state must shall meet the minimum efficiency ratings of the Florida Building Code-Energy Conservation Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction . These efficiency ratings must shall be minimums and may be updated in the Florida Building Code-Energy Conservation Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction by the department in accordance with s. 553.901, following its determination that more cost-effective energy-saving equipment and techniques are available. It is the intent of the Legislature that all replacement air- conditioning systems in residential applications be installed using energy-saving, quality installation procedures, including, but not limited to, equipment sizing analysis and duct inspection. Notwithstanding this section, existing heating and cooling equipment in residential applications need not meet the minimum equipment efficiencies, including system sizing and duct sealing. Section R101.4.7 is changed by HB 269 (passed by the 2013 Florida Legislature) to read as follows: R101.4.7 Building systems and components. Thermal efficiency standards are set for the following building systems and components where new products are installed or replaced in existing buildings, and for which a permit must be obtained. New products shall meet the minimum efficiencies allowed by this code for the following systems and components: Heating, ventilating or air conditioning systems; Glitch – (e) Changes to or inconsistencies with federal or state law. HB 269. Glitch- Yes (Unanimous) Technical correction - As Submitted (Unanimous) Glitch- Yes Technical correction – As Modified – Text as indicated in R101.4.7 -R101.4.7.1.3 to be added as shown 1
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Service water or pool heating systems; Lighting systems. Replacement Fenestration. Exceptions: 1. Where part of a functional unit is repaired or replaced. For example, replacement of an entire HVAC system is not required because a new compressor or other part does not meet code when installed with an older system. 2. If the unit being replaced is itself a functional unit, such as a condenser, it does not constitute a repair. Outdoor and indoor units that are not designed to be operated together must meet the U.S. Department of Energy certification requirements contained in Section R303.1.2. Matched systems are required; this match may be verified by any one of the following means: a. AHRI data b. Accredited laboratory c. Manufacturer’s letter d. Letter from registered P.E. State of Florida 3. Where existing components are utilized with a replacement system, such as air distribution system ducts or electrical wiring for lights, such components or controls need not meet code if meeting code would require that component’s replacement.
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