AAF Design Guide

2014 AAF Guide to Aluminum Construction in High Wind AreasIMG_7849

This book is approved by the Florida Building Commission and is the referenced design guide in the 2017 Florida Building Code. (This should not be used for testing purposes. Please visit this page for student guide information.)

What is the AAF Guide?

The 2014 Florida Building Code, both Building and Residential volumes, have provisions stating that the AAF Guide:


This design guide is a prescriptive design method which, by Florida Statute 489.113(9), does not require the involvement of a professional engineer in order to design one of the structures covered by the guide.

With the exception of the wood framed utility shed, these are aluminum framed structures and these sections include:

  1. Screened swimming pool enclosures (including mansard beams);
  2. Patio screen rooms (screen walls, solid roofs);
  3. Screened walls in lanais (covered but unenclosed patios), and screened balconies;
  4. Glass rooms (also known as Florida rooms or sunrooms);
  5. Attached patio covers or carports;
  6. Free-standing patio covers or carports;
  7. Railing systems; AND,
  8. Secondary covers (sometimes known as roof-overs) for mobile homes;
  9. Wood framed utility sheds (with aluminum roofs).

For a one-time investment, you can have a design reference alternative with no additional per job fees or design costs and no mandatory continuing education classes for the next 3 1/2 years.


  • $800 plus Florida Sales Tax (6.5%) for printed version (includes one year of membership in the AAF)
  • Discount of $400 for AAF Members and Building Department Personnel

What’s Included?

• The full 2014 AAF Guide (as approved by the Florida Building Commission and has been be adopted by reference into the 2010 Florida Building Code, including the HVHZ zone).

Printed version only – there is no electronic version at this time.

Purchase the Guide

Choose one of the links below to purchase the guide, or click here to download the order form.

AAF Members – click here

Non Members – click here

Building Departments – click here