Structural design requirements for commercial new construction, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing, gas, special design, and SFHA

Structural design criteria requirements

  • Building Risk Category of Structure
    • Design loads such as Floor and Roof Live Loads, Wind Design data, Geotechnical and flood design data, Special loads, Roof rain load data
  • General Design and Structural load requirements, FBC 1604-1614
  • High-velocity hurricane zones, FBC 1616-1626
  • Special Inspections and tests, Chapter 17, FBC
  • Soils and Foundations, Chapter 18, FBC
  • Termite Protection, Chapter 18, FBC
  • Material requirements including but not limited to concrete, aluminum, masonry, steel, wood, glass and glazing, gypsum board and gypsum panel products and plaster, plastic, FBC, Chapters 19-25

Mechanical requirements

  • Floor plan showing layout of the following:
    • Proposed mechanical system
    • Duct work and ventilation
    • Equipment and appliances
  • Heating and cooling loads (performance specifications)
  • Ventilation Calculations, Chapter 4, FBC
  • Equipment Schedules

Electrical requirements

  • Floor plan showing layout of the following:
    • Proposed electrical system
    • Associated fixtures, devices, wiring methods and equipment
  • Load calculations
  • Electrical panel schedule
  • Electrical riser diagram
  • Special Occupancies
  • Emergency Systems
  • Communication Systems, Low Voltage

Plumbing requirements

  • Minimum plumbing facilities
  • Fixtures and fixture schedules
  • Location of water supply lines and piping
  • Sanitary drainage
  • Water heaters
  • Vents
  • Roof drainage
  • Back flow prevention
  • Irrigation
  • Grease traps
  • Environmental requirements
  • Plumbing riser

Gas requirements

  • Gas piping
  • Venting
  • Combustion air
  • Chimneys, fireplaces and vents
  • Appliances
  • Type of Gas
  • LP tank location
  • Riser diagram/shutoff

Special design review requirements  

  • Threshold Buildings, pursuant to Florida Statute 553.71
  • Elevator and Conveying Systems, shall be provided per Chapter 30, FBC 
  • Safeguards During Construction, shall be provided per Chapter 33, FBC  
  • Pre-Engineered Metal Buildings require shop drawings that must be digitally signed and sealed by a design professional.
  • Commercial Intermodal Shipping Containers, must comply with the ISC Sufficiency Guidelines.

Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA)

All properties located within the SFHA shall have full compliance with the requirements of the Hillsborough County Construction and Land Development Code, ASCE 24, the Florida Building Code and all other applicable local, State and Federal regulations that govern the standards set forth within the National Flood Insurance Program; most restrictive shall apply. 

For a complete and detailed technical guide please view the sufficiency guideline for all construction located within the SFHA.

Last Modified: 3/14/2024, 10:46:06 AM

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