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Building Code / Standards
Overview of Florida Building Code and Standards
Between 1989 and 1995 the former Department of Community Affairs (now within the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation - DBPR) developed standards for radon resistant new construction and the mitigation of radon in existing structures. The standards for radon resistant new construction are divided into two categories: residential and large building. The residential standard is for single family homes and duplexes. The large building standard applies to all other construction. The standards are applied according to the DBPR Radon Protection Maps. These maps identify areas in the state where additional radon resistant construction features in new construction are recommended. Currently these standards are voluntary. It would take a majority of the building permit issuing agencies in any county to adopt them for the standards to become a required code within that county.
All mitigators are required to follow the mitigation standards as a condition of their radon mitigation certificate.
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Radon Resistant Construction Standards (s. 553.98 FS):
The Florida Standards for Radon-Resistant New Construction (RRNC) are currently included as appendices of the Florida Building Code. They are available from Department of Business and Professional Regulation as HTML documents or as PDF files. The PDF file provide you with the same format as we mail to people. Please note that these are not official copies of the standards. Those are only available from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Bureau of Administrative Code at (850) 487-1824.
The residential standard includes, as an attachment, Design Guidance For Residential Active Radon Control Systems. The residential radon resistant standard is included the Florida Administrative Code, 9B-3, by reference. This standard should be applied according to the DBPR Radon Protection Map.
View Residential Radon-Resistant Construction Standard as a PDF document (SBCCI online Adobe Acrobat version, does not include Design Guidance For Residential Active Radon Control Systems.)
Florida Standard for Passive Radon-Resistant New Residential Building Construction (Appendix F - Chapter 9B-52 - 84 KB PDF).
Large Building Standard:
The large building standard is included in Florida Administrative Code, 9B-3, by reference. This standard should be applied according to the DBPR Large Building Radon Protection Map.
View Large Building Radon-Resistant Construction Standard as a PDF file (80 KB Adobe Acrobat version)
Radon Mitigation Standard:
Florida Standard for Mitigation of Radon in Existing Buildings- All radon mitigation businesses are required to follow this standard:
Readily Remediated New Construction (Radon Resistant New Construction - RRNC) Training:
These trainings are awareness courses on the radon resistant new construction (RRNC) techniques of the Florida Statewide Building Code. The Florida Home Builders Association will be providing such training in the future.