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How do I renew an expiring Miami Dade NOA if I am the Manufacturer?

Summary   Miami-Dade NOAs have expiration dates.  That’s the date the quality assurance contract expires between the manufacturer and the County. Manufacturers have to renew the NOA through a rigid procedure with Miami-Dade for it to be able to be used by industry. The Process   We explore that process through an article created by …

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What is the Miami Dade NOA Expiration Date For And How Is It Used In Obtaining My Building Permit?

About The Miami Dade Expiration Date A requirement of Miami-Dade is a periodic quality assurance review of the manufacturing facility in order to obtain a Miami-Dade NOA certification.  That expiration date is the date the Quality Assurance contract expires with the manufacturer. That date is DIFFERENT than the date of the applicable building code.  Permits …

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Miami-Dade NOA to a Florida Product Approval

Why do I see a Miami-Dade NOA in the Florida Product Approval System?

When searching for a Florida Product Approval, occasionally a Miami-Dade NOA appears. Why is this and which one should you use?   The reason for this goes back many years to the development of the Florida Product Approval System in 2001.  In short, the state created a statewide system for product evaluations which superseded the …

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Florida Product Approval Placeholder Example

What is a Florida Product Approval placeholder and why is it used?

About the Florida Product Approval placeholder: The Florida Product Approval System permits the registration of building component products inside the state rule. That process permits edits to uploaded listings until the bi-monthly product approval deadline, then roughly 7-10 days after the deadline if submitted. The catch-22 to this process is that many want the product …

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8th Edition Florida Building Code In Effect January 1, 2024

The 8th edition of the Florida Building Code (FBC) will go into effect on December 31, 2023.  The 8th edition is based on the 2021 International Building Code.  It combines the 7th edition (2020) FBC and the proposed Supplements. Building product evaluations must be updated to reflect this new code. Within this code, reference standards such …

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What are the pros and cons of obtaining a FL approval vs a Miami NOA for my building product?

Our friends at Engineering Express published an informative article of opinion on the benefits of both Florida and Miami Dade Product Approvals. The article lists the pros for each and cons for each approval type. Of course, having both approvals is a valuable asset in both categories.  Also, Miami Dade NOAs, once obtained, can be …

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Where Can I Find Miami Dade Product Approval Forms For NOA Submission?

About Miami Dade Product Approval Forms Miami Dade maintains a library of forms on their product control website.  They are presented in categories in PDF form for applicants to follow during application submission.  These links are as of mid 2023. Search Miami Dade Approval NOA’s by Clicking Here   General Miami Dade Product Approval Publications …

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What Are The Requirements For Miami Dade NOA Product Testing?

There are various Product Testing Requirements to obtain a Miami Dade NOA. Here are the rules as compiled by Miami Dade Product Control: For Soffits: They do not have to pass the impact test. The air infiltration tests [for building envelope products] have to be performed before the water infiltration test. The structural load test for …

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What Testing Laboratories Are Approved For Use With Miami Dade NOA’s And Whats The Process For Scheduling?

What Are The Approved Testing Labs For Use With Miami Dade NOA’s? You can find a list of approved testing labs on the Miami Dade website by clicking here. What Are The Requirements For Using An Approved Lab & Test Report? If you or the lab do not notify Miami-Dade County of the test 7 …

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What’s the process for creating a Florida Product Approval or Miami Dade NOA?

To start, there are numerous articles by Engineering Express on the topic you can find here.  You’ll learn when they’re really needed, what information we need, how they help, and much more. > In short,  products ‘inside the rule‘ require product approval in Florida. > This is done by a combination of testing & rational …

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Where can I find the product approval report published by the building commission?

Find the continuously published report by the Florida Building Code Information System (BCIS) By the Program Oversight Committed (POC) along with state meetings & agenda schedules  by clicking here. This is where you can submit comments about product applications to the state for review prior to listing approval. The comments must be made in writing …

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What’s the allowable aspect ratio of fixed impact glass in the HVHZ?

Often times a glazing product is approved for large missile impact, but requires a field modification for size.  While the tested span cannot be exceeded and still meet the building code’s large missile impact requirements, the aspect ratio (the length to width ratio) can be altered so long as the glass area does not exceed …

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About the impact rating standard in the Florida Product Approval Database

In the state of Florida’s product approval website, there’s a setting called ‘impact’.  This setting relates to the large missile impact rating given to opening protection devices per ASTM E1886/1996 & TAS protocols in the HVHZ zones.  This is also known as Missile Level ‘D’ as defined below. Refer to the product’s testing or evaluation …

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How do I get a Florida Product Approval for my building product?

The easiest way to engage with the Florida Product Approval System is to retain a design professional experienced in this industry. You can find product evaluators by searching for products similar to yours in our database. The process for applying to the State of Florida starts by registering on the state site here. The state …

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What defines an alternative material & design method of construction?

The Florida Building Code Section 104.11 (2020) defines the procedure and design methodology for alternative materials used in construction. This is important in establishing a baseline for Florida Product Approvals and Florida Local Approvals. 104.11 Alternative materials, design and methods of construction and equipment.   The provisions of this code are not intended to prevent …

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What is a Florida Local Product Approval And How Is It Used?

Florida has adopted a Local Product Approval System that governs the submission & use of of statewide product approvals.  That’s covered in Florida Statute 553.842 (2022).  This section states: (1) The commission shall adopt rules under ss. 120.536(1) and 120.54 to develop and implement a product evaluation and approval system that applies statewide to operate in coordination with the …

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Is a Florida Product Approval Mandatory For Permit?

Florida Statewide Product Approvals are an optional requirement for permit in Florida.  Products within the rule of the Florida Product Approval System do have to demonstrate compliance with the code.  The optional Statewide approval is the easiest way for manufacturers to demonstrate compliance on a consistent basis for easy permitting. The state of Florida published …

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Where can I find more technical information about Product Approvals?

Engineering Express maintains a database of technical questions relating to product approvals.  Click Here to visit their knowledge base. Questions they can help answer, for example are: What are porosity and closure angles when defining a porous building opening? Is a large missile impact window or door automatically approved for small missile impact? How do …

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How long does it normally take for a building product to be State approved?

The product approval process can take up to 60 days or more depending on the review process (i.e., two months for test and evaluation report methods and ten days for certification methods).  A schedule/process for product applications is located on the Product Approval Meetings and Agendas page. This information originally appeared on the MyFloridaLicense.com website. In …

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How do I find organizations approved by the Florida Building Commission to help with approving my building product in Florida?

Organizations approved by the Florida Building Commission can be located on the Building Code Information System at:  www.floridabuilding.org  > Product Approval>Find an Organization or http://www.floridabuilding.org/pr/pr_org_srch.aspx This information originally appeared on the MyFloridaLicense.com website. Quickly search for Florida Product Approvals via this website by clicking here.

What is the difference between Miami-Dade Approval and a Florida Statewide Product Approval?

Miami-Dade approval is considered a “local” approval and can only be used in Miami-Dade.  State approval with limitation of use “approved for High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ)” can be used in Miami-Dade and the rest of the State. This information originally appeared on the MyFloridaLicense.com website. Information about Local Product Approvals can be found via …

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Is a Florida Product Approval Number Required For A Building Product?

No, State approval is optional to local approval.  However, if the manufacturer is relying on the State product approval for demonstrating compliance with the Florida Building Code, the answer is “Yes”. This information originally appeared on the MyFloridaLicense.com website. Quickly search for Florida Product Approvals via this website by clicking here.

Where can I find the requirements for the State Approval System?

Rule 61G20-3, F.A.C., provides the technical scope and criteria for the State Product Approval System.  Rule 61G20-3, F.A.C., can be accessed at:  https://www.flrules.org/gateway/ChapterHome.asp?Chapter=61G20-3 This information originally appeared on the MyFloridaLicense.com website. Quickly search for Florida Product Approvals via this website by clicking here.

What is the difference between the state & the local approval system?

Local product approval is conducted by the jurisdiction(s) having authority and is limited for use to that jurisdiction only.  Statewide product approval can be used throughout the State of Florida. This information originally appears on the MyFloridaLicense.com website. More on Local Product Appprovals can be found within Florida Statute 553.8425.  They are site-specific & for products both inside & …

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What Products Are Covered Under The Florida Product Approval System?

The State Product Approval Program approves those products and systems which comprise the building envelope and structural frame of the building which complies with the Florida Building Code; i.e., (a) Panel Walls (b) Exterior Doors (c) Roofing Products (d) Skylights, (e) Windows (f) Shutters (g) Structural Components   Rule 61G20-3, F.A.C., provides the technical scope and criteria for …

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