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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!

Protect Your Hands From Work Injuries

See the best ways to protect your hands while on the job, as hand injuries are very prevalent in the construction industry.

Hand injuries are a common occurrence in the construction industry. According to data from the CDC, hand injuries are responsible for more than 1 million visits to an emergency room each year by workers in the United States. Hand injuries can be costly both in time lost from work and medical costs. Additionally, hand injuries can also be debilitating, leaving those injured with only limited use—or even zero use—of their injured hand. Protecting your hands from work injuries is of the utmost importance.

Tips on Protecting Your Hands from Work Injuries

There are a number of different ways to keep from injuring your hands on a construction worksite, depending upon what line of construction work you are in.

  1. Wear Proper Gloves. Machinists, mechanics, carpenters, iron workers, welders, electricians, and more can all benefit from wearing gloves. Gloves protect your hands from being pinched, from picking up splinters from wood, from being cut by sharp metal, from being burned or chemically damaged, and more. With the variety and sophistication of gloves made specifically as PPE, there’s no reason not to wear them.
  2. Respect Power Tool and Machine Guards. Guards on power tools and machines are there for a reason, and removing or dismantling them can result in serious injury. Protect your hands and the rest of you by respecting the guards on power tools and machines. Don’t try to remove them or bypass them in any way, and always make sure the guards are present and functional before using a tool or machine.
  3. Pay Attention. While you may have performed a certain job or used a certain tool a hundred times without incident, that doesn’t mean you are safe from danger. Becoming complacent and not paying attention when running a saw, using a torch, or performing any number of jobs on a construction site is how you miss details that lead to injury.
  4. Pay Attention to Training and Seasoned Workers. Training is meant to protect you from injury, just like the advice of those workers with more job experience! Listen and follow the advice.

At Tucker Paving, safety is always our leading priority! We offer over 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving industry. We utilize our expertise for residential, commercial, and municipal clients. Contact us today by calling 863-299-2262, or fill out our contact form online, to let us know about your next concrete or asphalt paving project! 

Construction Trends to Expect in 2021

The construction industry is one that changes with the times, and this year is no exception. The COVID pandemic has had a great effect on the construction industry, just as with most industries. Forecasters believe that once things get back to, more or less, business as usual, the construction industry will be on the upswing again. Explore the top trends the construction industry will see in 2021.

2021 Trends in the Construction Industry

  1. A Need for Skilled Laborers. The construction industry has had more open positions than boots to fill them in the past several years, and 2021 will continue that trend. However, the trend will focus on a need for skilled laborers more so than laborers in general. Industry experts believe that more women entering the construction workforce and a shift towards more favorable perceptions of trade schools will help to fill those skilled laborer positions.
  2. Rising Material Costs. Material costs have risen 5 percent over the past three years in the Producer Price Index for construction goods. Experts believe a focus on efficiency can relieve some of the increasing costs.
  3. A Focus on Efficiency Through Technology. Efficiency will be the name of the game, whether a builder is looking to focus on “green” eco-friendly construction or just trim costs from the bottom line. Technologies like drones for mapping and generating actionable data or keeping track of machinery, “smart contracts” that offer an all-in-one tracking system for all parties in a project to use to do business or robots that can move heavy materials or lay bricks will all start to ramp up the efficiency of construction job sites.
  4. Worker Safety. Robots that do the heavy lifting aren’t just about getting things done cheaper and faster. They’re also about keeping workers safe from injury. Similarly, wearable safety technology will also make inroads in employee safety, such as a wearable device that lets a worker know when they are lifting a heavy load in a manner that could cause injury or boots that can detect if a worker has fallen and alert others.

Tucker Paving has more than 25 years of experience in the asphalt and concrete paving construction industry, and we’ve seen a lot of changes in the construction industry in that time, and we know we’ll see more in the 25 years ahead. Call us at?(863) 299-2262, or contact us online, for assistance with your next asphalt or concrete construction project! 

Practicing COVID Safety in Construction

The COVID pandemic has reached into all aspects of our lives, and the construction industry is no exception. Safety should be the first priority on any construction worksite, and that includes taking measures to protect workers from COVID. See guidelines from OSHA on practicing COVID safety in construction, below.

COVID Safety Measures for Construction
While the job description and hazards for those working in carpentry, ironworking, plumbing, electrical, heating/ ventilation/air conditioning/ventilation, masonry and concrete work, utility construction work, and earthmoving work are different than non-construction industries, many of the safety measures companies should take to protect employees from COVID are very similar.

  • Create a Job Hazard Analysis as it pertains to Covid. OSHA advises to “Assess the hazards to which your workers may be exposed; evaluate the risk of exposure; and select, implement, and ensure workers use controls to prevent exposure.” It is most important to identify times and locations where workers will be in close proximity or will be touching the same tools, machinery, or controls repeatedly.
  • Train employees on the symptoms of COVID, how it is spread, the importance of social distancing and hygiene practices, and any other policies and procedures on reducing transmission of the virus that are applicable to each employee’s duties.
  • Implement standard operating procedures and employee training pertaining to social distancing, use of face masks, and for when a worker has contracted COVID.
  • Maintain as much space between workers as possible, such as through utilizing staggered work schedules, identifying “choke points” where workers are required to be closer than 6 feet, and creating procedures for limiting the number of people in those areas at a time. 
  • Keep in-person meetings, like toolbox talks and safety meetings, as short as possible, limiting the number of workers in attendance, and use social distancing practices.
  • Keep toilet and handwashing facilities clean and disinfected, including portable job site toilets. Make sure hand sanitizer dispensers are always filled. 
  • Disinfect items regularly that are frequently touched, such as doorknobs, light switches, tools, machinery and vehicle controls, and sink handles and toilet seats.
  • Have employees use higher-level PPE, like respiratory protection, if they are in settings where social distancing protocols cannot be followed. 

Safety is always our leading priority on any Tucker Paving job site. We have been in the asphalt and concrete paving industry for over 25 years! Contact us online, or call us at 863- 299-2262 for your next asphalt or concrete paving job! 

The Importance of Dust Control at the Construction Site

If you’ve ever been on a construction site, then you know how dusty things can get! All the digging, moving, and building can generate huge clouds that can be dangerous to breathe in. At Tucker Paving, we know how important it is to protect the health and safety of construction workers as well as anyone else who could come into contact with this potentially toxic dust. That’s why dust control on-site is such an essential task.

Controlling Construction Site Dust
First of all, there are three main types of dust being stirred up on a construction site. 

Silica dust is produced by cutting, grinding, drilling, or sandblasting many building materials, including granite and sandstone. Also called respirable crystalline silica (RCS), silica dust is very common in construction materials – and very toxic. 

Non-silica dust is produced mostly when bricks are cut, but it can also come from working with cement, limestone, dolomite, marble, or gypsum (plasterboard). While it’s not as bad as silica dust, it is still harmful to human health. 

Wood dust results from working with various types of wood and wood-based products, like plywood, chipboard, and MDF. 

The problem presented by all this dust is that when inhaled, it’s going to reduce your lung capacity, increase the strain on your heart, and potentially cause a variety of diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). It can cause irritation of the nose, throat, eyes, skin, and lungs, plus exacerbate asthma. 

There are limits established by OSHA as to how much silica a worker can be exposed to. Tucker Paving abides by the laws laid down to protect workers and the public from excessive exposure to construction dust. 

Keep it Clean with Tucker Paving
Tucker Paving works hard to ensure that our job sites comply with all state and federal safety guidelines. We value the health of our workers and clients, so we minimize the amount of dust produced from our projects by using the most appropriate methods for each job.

Site Clearance Is the Clean Slate You Need

The foundation of any successful construction project is, well… the foundation! Before the real work of creating a structure can begin, you need to make sure you are starting out on solid ground. Professional site clearance is the best way to make sure that your workspace is ready for development. Tucker Paving is ready to help you get your property prepared for whatever is to come next – whether it’s a housing project, a commercial building, or a parking lot. 

Why Professional Site Clearance Matters
As with any job, having the right equipment for the task at hand is important. What equipment is needed to clear your particular parcel of land is going to depend on what exactly needs to be done. There are specific procedures for removing trees and vegetation as opposed to building remnants or hazardous waste. Tucker Paving has the right equipment for any site clearing project, plus our employees are trained for the safe and effective operation of this heavy machinery.

Once the site is cleared, what do you do with the debris? That’s again going to depend on what the debris consists of. Tucker Paving stays up-to-date with all requirements of how to handle hazardous materials, construction waste, vegetation, and any other refuse that may need to be removed from the property. We won’t just take your trash and drop it somewhere it doesn’t belong, either – we will ensure that everything is disposed of properly.

hen You Need a Site Cleared
No matter how big or small the job is, you can count on Tucker Paving to get the job done quickly and correctly. Don’t waste time and money trying to tackle a site clearance job on your own. Trust the pros at Tucker Paving to make sure that your site is ready to build on and that all waste materials are disposed of appropriately. 

Ease the Workload With Cribbing

When a structure needs to be lifted from its foundations, or a really heavy object needs support during construction, what do you do? We at Tucker Paving recommend making use of a box crib. Cribbing is used as a temporary structure to help support weighty or cumbersome objects during construction. It can make a huge difference when it comes to getting a job done right and on time.

What Is Cribbing?
Typically, cribbing is built from wood timbers stacked together sort of like you would in the game Jenga, except the middle is empty. It can also take the shape of a parallelogram, a triangle, or an A-form, depending on the needs of the project. Cribbing is adjustable as the construction takes place – you can make it taller or shorter as the project requires by simply adding or removing the blocks of wood.
Another type of cribbing is called “shims” or “wedges.” Theses crib forms are used to help brace other segments to prevent them from moving or to provide some angling support that might be necessary in order to achieve a stable and level platform.
The kind of wood you choose for your cribbing is important. At Tucker Paving, we recommend a good, sturdy hardwood that will resist breakage, or, alternately, a soft wood, such as spruce or pine. The benefit to using a soft wood is that if they do start to bend, they will crack slowly and make a loud noise before completely failing, thereby alerting workers to the potential problem. 

Tucker Paving Can Help with Cribbing
If you have a major construction project in the works that needs a little extra support, call on Tucker Paving for help with cribbing. We have the materials on hand to build a box crib or other type of support to make sure that your project rises without a hitch.