Mr. Taylor is correct.
If you take the 1997 SBC and the 2001 FBC and place them side by side you will see that they are identical. Each section, each number, word for word. Only difference is, the HVHZ was added to the 2001 at the end of each section called HVHZ. The HVHZ is the Broward County Edition of the SFBC.
The 2001 FBC tells you this on page iii at the bottom under, “Development” in the beginning.
In fact there were very little changes between the 1994 SBC and the 1997 SBC. They are almost word for word.
Florida was required to adopt the SSTD10 and SSTD12 in 1994 which is based on the same wind design criteria as the 2004 FBC, (sustained wind verses 3 second gust). The 2001 was based on 3 second gusts.
Therefore, the 1994 SBC, 1997 SBC, and the 2004 FBC are the same.
So, with the exception of a small area of the State that used the EPCOT code, (Disney), the weakest code between 1994 and 2015 in the State of Florida is the 2001 FBC.
The purpose of developing the FBC was not to make a stronger code, it was for enforcement of the code, as the storm of 1992 showed us that there was little to no enforcement in areas or uneven enforcement in others. One State, One Code. Before the 2001 was adopted each building department could have their own amendments. That is no longer allowed and all amendments must go through the Florida Building Commission and if approved are State wide. One State Code.
Unfortunately the 1802 has become a photographer / permit verifying inspection report due to the lack of understanding of the intent and inability to read English. Just because something has a permit for say, 2007, does not mean it met the code. The code tells us this too. To determine that, you would have to actually look at it and know what the code required, and then compare. Really not hard to do at all.
If the structure followed the 1994 and 1997 SBC anywhere in the State and SSTD10 and SSTD12 were used as required, then the Standard Building Code permitted structures throughout the State from 1994 up until 2001 exceed the 2001 FBC and are equal to the 2004 FBC. “Check A”
But then Steve was a Building Official, so he knew that.
Jeff G Hooper