FEMA: Big data proves robust code standards’ returns on investment

The Federal Emergency Management Agency examines the benefits of constructing at a higher building code standard for natural disasters such as winds, floods and seismic activity in a new report, “Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study.” The agency finds that 18.1 million buildings constructed at a higher code standard could save the United States about $1.6 billion annually.

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FEMA: Big data proves high building code standards’ ROI

Sources: Federal Emergency Management Agency; CP staff FEMA presents the benefits of constructing at a higher building code standard for natural disasters such as winds, floods and seismic activity in a new report, “Building Codes Save: A Nationwide Study.” The agency finds that 18.1 million buildings constructed at a higher code standard save the nation about $1.6 billion annually.

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Built to Last

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by sean O’keefe

Construction that stands the test of time is a combination of the right products, preparation, and installation; finding the exact sequence of each is often driven by the building site’s particular challenges. Such was the case for the Town of Jean Lafitte, La., in September 2008 when Hurricane Ike destroyed the town auditorium while flooding thousands of homes and businesses in Jefferson Parrish. The auditorium’s central location adjacent to Lafitte Library, plus elementary and middle schools, was critical to its success as a community landmark. The town was determined to rebuild in place, and resolving site flood plain issues was an obvious concern.

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Virginia, Florida, S.C. top building code and resiliency survey of coastal states

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Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) President and CEO Julie Rochman announced the second edition of the “Rating the States” report at the 2015 National Hurricane Conference. It assesses progress 18 hurricane-prone states along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Coast have made to strengthen their residential building code systems since IBHS’ original 2012 report.

 
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