Suncoast Chapter Meeting Minutes for December 14, 2017


AIBD Suncoast Chapter

December 14, 2017


Meeting called to order at 11:47 a.m. by Jenni Lewis (Chair).


Chapter officers:

Chair, Jenni Lewis, Dreamcatcher Building Designs

Vice Chair, Paul Glaser, Glaser Designs

Secretary, Renato Carotti, Carotti Engineering


AIBD members present:

Joyce Poelsma – Sweetwater Drafting

Jon Levey – Simpson Strong Tie

Mary Tracy – Mary Tracy Plans

Kevin Lovley – GreenPoint Construction


NON-AIBD Members present:

Kristen Bryant – Carotti Engineering

Bert Horsting – BH Cad

Derek Neuman – PRA Architects

Dennis Begonis – DTC

Ken Magnusson – Sarasota Lead & Inc.




  • Ren explained what our chapter does and wants to do.
  • Jenni and Ren’s presentation, on the new Florida Building Codes (Residential) was from 11:58 am to 12:56pm
  • New codes come out every 3 years.
  • Jenni and Ren started the presentation with why building code need to change.
    • Hurricane Sandy was a main factor
    • Accessary Structures –
      • Barns, Stables, Mother-In-Law Apartments – has to be complementary to the house.  (It cannot be the main building and your house be the “other” building.
      • Mother-In-Law apartments can have a full size kitchen, but still no stove.
    • Florida Building Codes top all local codes that are already in place.
    • Building site must be built to the most hazardous code no matter how small or far away you are from the “hazardous” site. Example: Building house on 1 acre and 500 feet of it at the end of the lot is more hazardous than the spot you are building at the other end on the lot, you must build to the more hazardous piece.
    • Tiny Houses open area has to be at least 70 square feet instead of 120.
    • Bathroom & Laundry rooms ceiling heights been reduce to 6-8 foot minimum.
    • Stairs Risers & Landings 144 inches to 147 inches before an intermediate landing is required.
    • Open Rises need to be within 30 inches from bottom
    • New Hazard for Coastal A Zone (CAZ)
      • Surge 1.5 feet to 3 feet
      • Foundations have to be designed for flood lateral loads
      • Foundations are to be pilings, columns or back-filled stem wall with deep footing only.
    • Lofts can only be 1/3 of the room it opens up to
    • Retaining walls – 48 inches or less no longer requires an engineer.
    • Decking has a new table
      • Simpson Strong Tie did extensive research on decking and why they do not hold up. They went to the ICC and presented their results.
    • FEMA has also changed their codes going into effect 12-31-17
      • Moving their zone lines



Congratulation to the 3 people who won the Significant Changes to the Florida Building Code – Building and Residential. – Joyce Poelsma, Mary Tracy, & Ken Magnusson




Congratulation to Ken Magnusson for winning the complimentary membership for AIBD for November!


Congratulation to Dennis Begonis for winning the complimentary membership for AIBD for December!




Next Meeting:


There is no presenter for January 11th, 2018.  This is round table, discussing what we would like to see what our chapter accomplish during the 2018 year.


February 8th – Robert Click from Icynene – on spray foam.


March 8th – Robert from Tubular Skylight – on their product.


April 12th – Jon Levey from Simpson Strong Tie – on    Shearwall Design with the 2015 AWC Special Design Provisions Wind & Seismic (1.5 hours)

The IBC requires shearwall design now follow the 2015 ANSI/AWC SDPWS. This course will familiarize structural engineers with the design requirements of this standard and how they have changed from previous versions. We will go into depth on the capacity reductions requirements for shearwalls with aspect ratios greater than 2:1 – which happens often in modern design. Also, each of the (3) design methods will be covered: segmented, perforated, and force transfer for site-built wood shearwalls.




Meeting adjourned by Jenni Lewis-Boucher at 1:09 pm.


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