Kando Windows and Doors Provides Clarification on the Florida Building Code - Energy Conservation

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Kando Windows and Doors are releasing important clarification and information regarding the recently enforced 2014 Florida Building Code - Energy Conservation for Miami-Dade County.

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Energy efficiency improves the lives of every occupant, residential or commercial. Therefore, it is essential for our protection to enforce the new Florida conservation code.

With a desire to inform and protect consumers Kando Windows and Doors are providing clarification on the Florida building code regarding energy conservation in fall of 2015.

The company feels that these changes are important to discuss because they protect not only the customer, but the user and the owner of the house from the sun, heat, and ultraviolet rays that emanate from the sun.

Although the changes made in 2010 weren’t enforced until 2014, Miami Dade County didn’t begin implementing enforcement until this year, because the county didn’t meet the new requirements for 2010. Because of this, they had to give the manufacturers a window of time to execute tests and fully comply with the new 2010 code.

To date, the manufacturers have had enough time to implement the changes and put out product that adequately cover the new energy efficiency requirements.

Also referred to as “fenestrations,” windows and doors are measured to see how well they prevent radiant heat from getting into a room, using its Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) as its measurement. The lower the SHGC and the U-Factor are, the more energy efficient a building is.

However, the Florida Building Code is concerned with the radiation that occurs when heat is conducted through fenestration. The code mandates the following:

Fenestration manufacturers are required to supply designated stickers that are approved by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC)

Fenestration performance must be less or equal to 0.65 U Factor and 0.30 SHGC, meaning that no more than 20% of the conditioned floor area is affected by U-Factor and SHGC

All calculations must be presented to the Building Department for single family homes, and additions can be be prepared by any individuals

For multi-story and commercial properties, calculations are required to be performed by an engineer or contractor approved by the state of Florida

“Energy efficiency improves the lives of every occupant, residential or commercial,” said Arelis Alvarez Aquino, VP of operations at Kando Windows and Doors. “Therefore, it is essential for our protection to enforce the new Florida conservation code.”

The newly enforced code will result in better buildings that provide a more efficient environment. Typically, people are used to aluminum windows and doors, but new information in the code has expressed that while it is cheaper, it is not the best material for energy transmittance.

Kando Windows and Doors predicts that these changes will result in the use of more vinyl, wood, and more energy efficient glass.

About Kando Windows and Doors

Kando Windows and Doors offer a wide variety of window and door solutions for both commercial and residential ventures, offering top quality and affordable work to their clients. Their experienced team can install wood shutters, window shades, impact doors and more. To learn more about their services, visit http://www.kandowd.com.

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