Instructor: Thomas Martineau
Credit Hours: 2.00

Approval Number: J607LGL14
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Course Description


This two-hour online distance learning course is designed to give the design and construction professional insight into the Florida Building Code-Building Code 6th Edition-Building (2017). It covers the fundamental changes, additions and modifications to the code. This course offers no opinions concerning any motivations behind these code changes. We leave it up to others to debate the potential impacts, merits or drawbacks, if any, of these new code provisions. Instead, changes are explained as objectively as possible within the scope of this course to clarify the extent and detail of the code modifications, the new provisions, or the deletions as these are now incorporated in the 6th Edition of the FBCB.



Course Objectives


Upon successful completion of this course, participants will have a better understanding of the Florida Building Code 6th Edition (2017) Building and be able to:

  • Discuss the application, enforcement, administration and scope of the Florida Building Code.
  • Identify major changes to the 6th Edition of the Florida Building Code (2017) Building (FBCB) (Chapters 1 through 10).
  • Explain definitions for terms used throughout the Florida Building Code-Building (FBCB) and understand that every word, term and punctuation mark can add to or change the meaning of the intended result.
  • Recognize and generally understand the extent of the changes, additions and deletions reflected in the 6th Edition of the Florida Building Code (2017) Building (FBCB) (Chapters 1 through 10).


Instructor Bio


Mr. Martineau is a licensed, registered architect, currently self-employed as facility management consultant (specialties facility planning, programming and maintenance, school safety and security, facilities condition assessment, facilities utilization, school kitchen and cafeteria management). He has conducted or served as team member of over fifty individual consulting efforts with K-12 schools across the United States.

As the President of Productivity house Inc since 1988, Tom has been in charge of market research and consulting services in facilities planning, programming, management, operations and security. In the past he has served as a major consultant to Shimizu Construction Company, 3M Company, AMP Corporation, Battelle Memorial Institute, CPA Associates, Ransomed Productions, MGT of America, and Evergreen Solutions, LLC. He continues to work with Prismatic Services, Inc., and International Making Cities Livable Council.

Tom has also served as a Professor of Architecture from 1985 to 2007. He was Professor and Director, at the Institute for Building Sciences, until 1992, then Professor of Architecture until Fall 2007. As the first full-time IBS Director, he developed and managed research contracts exceeding $1 million. The largest projects included recommendations for restructuring Florida's building construction regulations, and creating a maintenance protocol for the facilities inventory of the Florida Department of Transportation. He also established the first multiclient program on Intelligent Buildings.

As a professor, he taught in the areas of professional ethics, materials and methods of construction, lighting, acoustics, heating and cooling, design studio, and introduction to architecture.

In post-retirement, Tom taught as Adjunct Professor in lighting, acoustics, heating, cooling, and facilities management.



Other Approvals


Florida Construction Contractor (FCILB): 0612831
Florida Building Code Professional (BCAIB): TBD
Florida Board of Professional Engineers (FBPE): FBC# 908.0