Monthly Archives: March 2021

What’s Changed in Florida’s Building Codes for 2021?

Explore the changes you’ll see in the latest edition of the Florida Building Code.

The Florida Building Commission is required by law to update the Florida Building Code every three years, and 2020 saw many meetings, multiple code modification proposals, and a slew of comments from the public to arrive at The Florida Building Code, 7th Edition (2020). The new codes took effect on January 1st, 2021. Explore an overview of the changes made—some of them quite significant—to The Florida Building Code.

Changes to The Florida Building Code
The Florida Building Code sets minimum standards concerning the design, construction, compliance, and regulations that aim to ensure buildings are safe and secure. Changes that were made to the code in the last update include:

  • Roofing requirements – building, residential, and existing building. Changes include roof assembly requirements aimed at improving wind damage resistance and minimizing water infiltration. These include changes to the underlayment, wind loads, mitigation for roofs, soffits, and certain wiring methods.
  • Wind loads – building and residential. The new code updated wind criteria to align with ASCE 7-16 (Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures), which has important changes concerning wind load provisions, including criteria for rooftop solar panels, higher design wind pressures on roofs of buildings with a mean roof height of under 60 feet, and for attached canopies. There is also a new wind speed map for Risk Category IV for High-Velocity Hurricane Zones.
  • Energy conservation volumes – residential and commercial. There are significant new residential provision changes, such as prohibition on electric resistance space heating for prescriptive projects in Climate Zone 2, new minimum equipment efficiencies, a minimum fan efficacy stipulation for heat recovery ventilation for energy recovery ventilation for whole-house mechanical ventilation, and more. Changes to the code concerning commercial provisions include changes to a variety of control requirements for various commercial buildings.

Tucker Paving has been a part of the construction industry in the asphalt and concrete paving sector for over 25 years. Contact us online, or call us at?(863) 299-2262, for assistance with your asphalt and concrete paving projects! 

Drones in the Construction Industry

Explore how drones are taking the construction industry by storm.

There are numerous facets to a construction project, and each one requires tracking and verification for a project to be completed on-time and under budget. The latest technology aimed at tackling these tasks is drones. Also called unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, drones are being utilized in multiple areas on and off a construction site.

Uses for Drones on a Construction Site
There are numerous tasks that a drone can complete with ease, especially when combined with other technology, such as thermal cameras, mapping tools, and GPS. Drones can be utilized for:

Mapping. From grading and surveying to comparing the final product to its designs, drones can map out a construction site, taking images and videos. Software and apps can convert those images to valuable data and advanced analytics about a job site.

Tracking. Working as eyes in the sky, drones can keep track of numerous parts of any job site. Tracking can be applied to keeping tabs on the progress of a worksite, but drones can also be used to track machinery, equipment, and vehicles to keep an inventory and deter theft.

Inspecting. Drones can effortlessly travel to the top of high buildings, under bridges, to remote corners of a worksite, and to just about any area that would be difficult for workers to access quickly and easily. This allows for inspections prior to repairs, provides visual inspection verification requirements, and more.

Managing worksites. From the day-to-day work on a job site to monitoring weekly and monthly progress, the data from a drone provides key insights into progress, work-flow, and monitoring all of the many details that require verification, approval, and assessment.

Marketing. Drone footage is phenomenal when it comes to marketing a construction company’s capabilities and scope of work.

Tucker Paving has extensive experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We’re well-versed in a variety of residential, commercial, and municipal projects. Contact us today by calling?(863) 299-2262, or fill out our contact form online, to let our experts handle your next concrete or asphalt paving project! 

 

Is Your Home Ready for Hurricane Season?

Make sure you and your home are prepared in case a hurricane passes over your neck of the woods

Hurricane season is swiftly approaching, and it’s time to be proactive and start preparing now. The Atlantic hurricane season officially starts June 1, giving you a few months to get ready. While you’re stocking up on water and checking your battery supply, make sure you are preparing your home as well. Since “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” now is the time to prepare your home for a major storm to prevent significant damage as much as possible.

Preparing Your Home for a Hurricane
Prepping your home for a hurricane can be divided into categories, and there will be both short-term and long-term improvements you can make.

Roof
Your roof is one of the most likely areas to sustain damage in a hurricane.

  • Check the state of your roof and make repairs and add sealant where needed.
  • Install metal roof straps if your roof currently doesn’t have any.
  • Inspect roof trusses and fix or replace those without enough bracing.
  • Have your roof re-shingled with impact-resistant shingles.

Windows and Doors
Faulty windows or doors can let wind and rain into your home.

  • Check the seams and seals of all doors and windows and make necessary repairs or replacements.
  • Add deadbolts to doors to increase their strength.
  • Make sure window locks work so you can lock your windows ahead of an approaching storm.
  • Have impact-resistant windows and doors installed.

Outdoor and Lawn Areas
Pay attention to the areas around your home too, as everything that is not secure poses a danger to your home as a projectile.

  • Check that all outdoor features—porches, decks, sheds, carports, fencing, etc.—are in good repair and are anchored.
  • Move all patio furniture, lawn ornaments, birdbaths, etc. indoors.
  • Trim trees within 10 feet of your home.
  • Clean your gutters to prevent overflow damage to siding, roof, and foundation.
  • Inspect your foundation for damage, cracks, or distress to ensure water doesn’t find a way in.

Tucker Paving has been in the Central Florida area for over 25 years, and we know the damage a powerful storm can do. We specialize in the asphalt and concrete paving industry, working on residential, commercial, and municipal projects. Contact us online, or give us a call at?(863) 299-2262, for your asphalt or concrete paving project!

Do You Know OSHA’s COVID-19 Regulations?

A hundred years ago, American employees in construction often worked under dangerous conditions, and employers were under no legal obligation to take the safety of workers into consideration when assigning tasks. Fortunately, times have changed! In 1971, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was established by the United States Department of Labor, and now we have rules and regulations that govern what is too risky for a worker to be exposed to. Tucker Paving takes the safety of all of our workers and partners very seriously and stays up-to-date on all safety standards.

OSHA Regulations for Construction
In the COVID era, health and safety are getting priority treatment. Like any other construction company, Tucker Paving is expected to protect the health of our employees and the public by minimizing potential exposure to the perilous virus. Here are some of the guidelines set forth by OSHA to protect us all:

  • Encourage workers to stay home if they are ill.
  • Allow the use of masks on the job site. 
  • As much as possible, advise employees to maintain appropriate social distance by allowing everyone at least six feet of personal space.
  • Promote hygienic activities like handwashing by providing either soap and water or alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Use EPA-approved cleaning chemicals to sanitize shared equipment and spaces (such as portable toilet facilities) frequently.
  • Minimize in-person meetings and use good social distancing and sanitation protocols.
  • Encourage all workers to promptly report any health or safety concerns to the appropriate supervisor.

We Follow the Rules
At Tucker Paving, we know that no one wants to pick up a potentially deadly disease at work to take home to their families. We take the threat of coronavirus very seriously and work hard to make sure that all of our employees, and anyone else that we come in contact with, is as safe as possible. By working together, we can overcome this unprecedented challenge!