Energy Efficient HomeThings changed in the state of Florida as of June 30, 2015.  Starting on this date, any permit for a window and/or door replacement that is submitted for review needs to meet certain requirements in the area of energy efficiency.  The new energy code requirements are a part of the Florida Energy Conservation Code, Fifth Edition that was published in the year 2014.  If you are in the market currently and are going to need a permit for a window and/or door replacement, you better be sure the company you are working with is selling you a door and/or window that meets the specifications.

The new specifications are important to pay attention to simply because you are not going to get a permit if you do not adhere to them.  Thankfully, the folks at American Window Products in the Jacksonville, FL area are ensuring that every product that we sell for windows and doors is going to meet the needed Florida Energy Code.  Let’s take a closer look at the new code and what is going to be needed in order to comply.

A Closer Look at the Code

So what is changing from a requirements perspective that you are going to want to pay attention to?  The replacement fenestration is the first thing that needs to be focused on.  The new code requires that replacement fenestration has a minimum solar heat game coefficient of .25 and a minimum U-factor of .40.  This requirement is going to kick in when some or all of an existing fenestration unit is going to be replaced with a new product.  This includes the sash and glazing of the product.

The one exception to this rule that the state of Florida is going to allow is for up to 15 square feet of replacement glazing that does not have to meet the new standards.  Outside of this one exception to the rule though everything else is going to have to be up to code in order to comply across the board.

Effective for All Window and Door Permits Going Forward

The new code kicked into gear as of June 30, 2015.  This means that as of this writing, every single window and door permit submitted to the state of Florida is going to have to comply.  There simply is no other way around this.  Having a sound awareness of the new code is going to give you a good opportunity to be able to do your research and be sure that the windows and/or doors that you end up purchasing and having installed meet the net Florida Energy Conservation Code that is going strictly enforced.

Working With a Professional You Can Trust

You do not want to go forward with a permit for new windows and/or doors that are not going to meet the code.  This is why going forward you are only going to want to work with professionals in the window and door industry that are going to be supplying you with products that comply with what is needed.  In the Jacksonville, FL area and abroad there is American Window Products that services the state of Florida with quality windows and doors.  Every single one of the products that these guys have available is going to be in compliance with the requirements.

The importance of being in compliance is that you do not have to worry about your permit being denied.  The last thing that you want to do is to end up having windows installed that are out of compliance and then you have to put in work to change things around and possible replace them again.  This can be time-consuming and expensive.  Ensuring that the windows and/or doors that you have installed the first time comply is going to save you a lot of headaches and give you comfort over the products you are having put in your home.

Energy efficiency is very important in the state of Florida.  The Florida Energy Conservation Code exists so that you can act strive towards making your home as energy efficient as possible.  The new rules that they put into effect as of June 30, 2015 aim precisely towards that goal.  Thanks to companies such as American Window Products, complying with the new standards is pretty simply as long as you purchase window and door products that are trustworthy and built with the code and energy efficiency in mind.