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The 2009 Florida Statutes

Title XXXIII
REGULATION OF TRADE, COMMERCE, INVESTMENTS, AND SOLICITATIONS
Chapter 553
BUILDING CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS
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Section 553.909, Florida Statutes 2009

553.909  Setting requirements for appliances; exceptions.--

(1)  The Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction shall set the minimum requirements for commercial or residential swimming pool pumps, swimming pool water heaters, and water heaters used to heat potable water. The code shall further establish the minimum acceptable standby loss for electric water heaters and the minimum recovery efficiency and standby loss for water heaters fueled by natural gas or liquefied petroleum gas.

(2)  Dishwashers sold after March 1, 1981, shall be equipped so that the normal operating cycle does not include automatic switching on of the heating element for the drying portion of the operating cycle. Dishwashers the controls of which permit the user to elect to have the heating element on during the drying portion of the operating cycle meet this requirement.

(3)  Commercial or residential swimming pool pumps or water heaters sold after July 1, 2011, shall comply with the requirements of this subsection. Natural gas pool heaters shall not be equipped with constantly burning pilots. Heat pump pool heaters shall have a coefficient of performance at low temperature of not less than 4.0. The thermal efficiency of gas-fired pool heaters and oil-fired pool heaters shall not be less than 78 percent. All pool heaters shall have a readily accessible on-off switch that is mounted outside the heater and that allows shutting off the heater without adjusting the thermostat setting.

(4)  Pool pump motors shall not be split-phase, shaded-pole, or capacitor start-induction run types. Residential pool pumps and pool pump motors with a total horsepower of 1 HP or more shall have the capability of operating at two or more speeds with a low speed having a rotation rate that is no more than one-half of the motor's maximum rotation rate. Residential pool pump motor controls shall have the capability of operating the pool pump at a minimum of two speeds. The default circulation speed shall be the residential filtration speed, with a higher speed override capability being for a temporary period not to exceed one normal cycle or 120 minutes, whichever is less; except that circulation speed for solar pool heating systems shall be permitted to run at higher speeds during periods of usable solar heat gain.

(5)  Portable electric spa standby power shall not be greater than 5(V2/3) watts where V = the total volume, in gallons, when spas are measured in accordance with the spa industry test protocol.

(6)  The Florida Energy Efficiency Code for Building Construction may include standards for other appliances and energy-using systems if they are determined by the department to have a significant impact on the energy use of the building and if they are cost-effective to the consumer.

(7)  If the provisions of this section are preempted in part by federal standards, those provisions not preempted shall apply.

History.--s. 7, ch. 80-163; s. 7, ch. 84-273; s. 10, ch. 93-249; s. 98, ch. 2000-141; s. 110, ch. 2008-227.

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