Recent fire code updates from the Florida legislature provide for greater uniformity and modernization in new assisted living construction. The bill, which goes into effect July 1, loosens specifications around corridor length and width and allows for fixed seating in hallways, which was previously deemed hazardous.
The new code improves consistency for Florida’s 67 counties and particularly benefits developers. Moving beyond sprinkler installation and evacuation measures, the new codes also account for wireless technology and other advances of the past 22 years.
Existing buildings may take advantage of the newer codes to remain competitive, but retrofits are not required.
The bill arrives amid continued, consistent growth in Florida’s retirement communities. The Villages, a community in central Florida, was recently named the fastest-growing metro area for the third year in a row by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Comments from FL ALFA (soon to be Argentum Florida) suggest that the new codes reflect how quality of life now factors more highly alongside pure evacuation considerations.
Source: Senior Housing News. Bill Paves Way for New Assisted Living Construction in Florida