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Underwriters scrutinize hurricane-prone states’ building code adoption

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety’s 2018 edition of Rating the States follows a disastrous year of storms, authors note, and is well timed to inform discussion and action to improve building strength as communities repair or replace hurricane-damaged properties.

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Resiliency Council eyes buildings’ seismic factors

Growing concern over the threat of a major earthquake in California has sparked a statewide movement for resiliency and pending legislation that calls for the identification of buildings most vulnerable to seismic damage and collapse. Scientists contend that stress along the San Andreas fault has been building with little relief since the mid-1800s. The next “Big One” could come at any moment and reach a 7.5 or higher magnitude. The force of such an event could result in twice the damage of Hurricane Katrina and be up to 45 times more destructive than the Northridge earthquake that hit southern California in 1994.

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EPA Preferable Purchasing encompasses GreenCircle

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program (EPP) has recognized the Certified Environmental Facts multi-attribute label, developed by GreenCircle Certified LLC. EPP references specifications, standards and ecolabels to help federal agency purchasers identify and specify environmentally sustainable products and services.

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Urban group drafts principles for building resilient population centers

 

A new Urban Land Institute Center for Sustainability and Economic Performance report proposes fundamentals for resilient cities and regions to anticipate, respond to, and recover from immediate shocks such as hurricanes and other extreme weather events, plus long-term stresses such as sea-level rise and declining population.

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Hybrid plans at heart of proposed multiemployer pension system reform

U.S. Representatives Phil Roe, M.D. (R-TN) and Donald Norcross (D-NJ) present their Give Retirement Options to Workers (GROW) Act as a bipartisan effort designed to modernize, strengthen and safeguard the multiemployer pension plan system for the future.

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