NEW FLORIDA BUILDING CODE REQUIREMENTS REGARDING OPENING PROTECTIONS
Many homeowners who live in the wind-borne debris region have asked about the new opening protection
requirements passed into law in 2007. (Click to view the wind-borne debris map).
Here's what you need to know about requirements for homes in the wind-borne debris region:
• Newly-built homes must have opening protection on windows, skylights and doors with glass.
• As of July 1, 2008, any construction activity valued at $50,000 or more that requires a
building permit to do work on an existing home with an insured value of $750,000 will have to
install opening protection on windows and doors if non exists.
• Beginning January 1, 2009, all existing homes with an insured value of $750,000 or greater
insured by Citizen's Property Insurance Corporation will not be eligible for new or renewal
homeowner's insurance policy unless all openings are protected.
NOTE: Homeowners seeking reimbursement with the MSFH program must install impact and pressure resistant
opening protections to be eligible for reimbursement.