453.25 Public Shelter Design Criteria
New educational facilities for school boards and Florida college boards, unless specifically exempted by the board with the written concurrence of the applicable local emergency management agency or the Florida Division of Emergency Management (DEM), shall have appropriate areas designed as enhanced hurricane protection areas (EHPAs) in compliance with this section.
Roof-mounted HVAC equipment shall have a 12-inch-high (305 mm) curb around the roof opening and be designed to prevent the entry of rain water.
Exception: Exposed mechanical equipment or appliances fastened to a roof or installed on the ground in compliance with the code using rated stands, platforms, curbs, slabs, walls, or other means are deemed to comply with the wind-resistance requirements of the 2007 Florida Building Code, as amended. Further support or enclosure of such mechanical equipment or appliances is not required by a state or local official having authority to enforce the Florida Building Code.
Additional non-life safety systems, as defined by Chapter 27 and NFPA 70 Article 702 (Optional Standby Systems), may be supplied power, if available, by the standby emergency power system. These systems shall be connected to the standby emergency power system via an electrical subpanel to the standby electrical power system's main electrical panel. This will allow selective or total load shedding of power if required. The fire alarm, emergency lighting and illuminated exit signs throughout the entire campus shall receive first priority to power provided by the standby emergency power system per Chapter 27 and NFPA 70 Article 700. The systems listed are not all-encompassing but are in order of priority. Local officials may request additional systems they deem necessary for health, welfare and safety of the public during occupancy: