The Florida Building Commission has adopted changes to the Pool & Spa Energy code. The original pool industry code that was done by Jennifer Hatfield, who is the FSPA Government Relations Consultant was changed to clarify that controls that operate at two speeds or higher must be installed with the use of a pump motor that also operates at two speeds or higher. The changes excluded the reference to the first and second Florida standards. Florida standards 1 and 2 are replaced with the codes referencing portable spas, residential pools, and underground spas. The code provides energy efficient standards that contractors must abide by when addressing energy efficiency during installation. All of the above mentioned amendments that were adopted will be added to the 2010 Florida Building code. This new code will take effect on March 15, 2012.
The information in the HB 849 Building code addresses language referencing the changes effective March 15, 2012. Pool safety was mentioned as one of the priority bills of concern. This bill was added to the building code. Pool safety laws references and suggests gravity draining systems for all pool systems, and that gravity draining systems don’t require regular maintenance. The suggestion for gravity draining systems was intended for pool systems designed or installed prior to the year 1993.
The FSPA also has consumer brochures available online for consumers and manufacturers regarding pool industry code, and pool safety laws. This brochure is a handy informational tool that contains information about licensing, and energy use information. This handy booklet also contains energy saving tips, and tips on energy efficiency. Click Link
The Florida Swimming Pool Association adopted an Energy Efficient Flowchart to use effective August of 2011. This flow chart applies to pool pumps and motors. All manufacturers must meet the new requirements of this flow chart by December 31, 2011. This allows all manufacturers an opportunity to implement the new policies prior to March 15, 2012. Enforcement actions will take place after March 15, 2012 if pool pumps and motors aren’t in compliance by this date. Click Link
The FSPA website also lists the Florida building code spa and pool energy proposals. These proposals suggest modifications for residential and commercial pooling. It is proposed that all pool heaters meet the minimum efficiency requirements, and suggests that pools have automatic time switches to control the pool heaters. All heated pools that heat more than ninety degrees Fahrenheit, must contain a vapor pool cover at the pool level. All public pools must follow certain guidelines pertaining to filtration and circulation.