The geography of every state provides a uinique set of circumstances and challenges for the building industry operating within its borders. For this reason, most states have adopted building codes that are specific to the needs of their terrain.
For example, the Florida building code requires most new buildings to be built in such a way that they can withstand the forces of the frequent hurricanes the state is subjected to. Builders in Wyoming rarely have need to even think about hurricanes.
To provide safety in times of hurricane, Florida building code requirements identify specific materials that allow for flexibility in strong winds where other materials might break or shatter.
There are hurricane-specific building techniques required of the Florida building code guidelines, too. In order to get a building permit, contractors must be fully trained, certified, and, where appropriate, licensed to perform these very exacting techniques.
Hurricanes are not the only issues addressed by Florida building code books, though.
The Sunshine State is home of miles and miles of picture-perfect sandy beaches that are great for building sand castles but a little more care and forethought must be taken when building permanent structures, such as homes, on these ever-shifting sands.
For cities and towns along the coastlines of the state, Florida building code books address the sandy issue and require buildings to be constructed in a safe way. These homes and other buildings must also be constructed in a manner that doesn’t damage the fragile ecology of the area, either.
Another area unique to the state that calls for specific construction consideration is the area in and surrounding the Everglades National Park. This massive expanse of marshland is home to many endangered species of plants and animals that must be protected against pollution and habitat infringement.
All contractors licensed to operate in the state must be licensed to do so, as sanctioned by the Florida building code regulations. Some of these contractors may operate all the way from the panhandle to the keys while others may specialize in the unique needs of one particular environment.
Either way, it is wise to check with the agency responsible for implementing Florida building codes and standards before hiring, just to make sure you are investing in a legitimate, responsible, builder.