In the wake of tragedy in Surfside complex, a group of building and construction professionals published a comprehensive report with recommendations that state should follow in order to prevent a disaster like this in the future. Specific emphasis is on the inspection processes and resulting certifications as well as inspections considering buildings as a complete entity. The report addresses both measurements and visual criteria that could point out weak spots in any structure. For troublesome buildings, report lays out elevated inspection process.

Key Takeaways:

  • The report from the Surfside Working Group includes recommendations for more frequent structural recertification inspections.
  • Unlike some other states, Florida does not currently require peer review for identifying deficiencies in a structural design.
  • At the very least, the inspector should look at garages, pool decks, common areas, exterior handrails, and balconies.

“For structural inspections, the report recommends a visual inspection performed under the direction of a licensed professional engineer or a licensed architect with experience designing and inspecting structures.”

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