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North Carolina Weakened Building Codes in 2013

Five years ago, encouraged by home builders and an anti-regulatory zeal, lawmakers in North Carolina joined other states in weakening building code requirements. It’s a decision they may regret as Hurricane Florence takes aim at the Carolinas. The Legislature in …

Michigan Family’s Dispute With City Centers on Treehouse

A Michigan family is fighting with city officials over the legality of a large wooden treehouse. A judge has instructed Ann Arbor residents Tamar Boyadjian and Greg Douglas to either bring their treehouse up to code by Friday or take …

Latest IBHS Report Finds Uneven Building Standards in Hurricane Prone States

There’s been little progress in strengthening codes to ensure safety and community resilience, according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) latest report on the residential building code systems in 18 hurricane-prone states. The 2018 edition of …

Research Confirms Disaster Resilient Building Investment Pays Off

For every dollar the government spends to make existing buildings more resistant to wildfires, earthquakes, floods and hurricanes, $6 is saved in property losses, business interruption and health problems, according to a new study led by CU Boulder Professor Keith …

Indiana Board Unblocks Local Carbon Monoxide Detector Rules

An Indiana board has approved proposals from two local governments to require carbon monoxide detectors in residential properties after blocking those efforts over the past few months. The state Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission voted Wednesday to let the …

Worst U.S. Nightclub Fire Influenced Building Safety Codes, Burn Care

In the blink of an eye the Cocoanut Grove – one of Boston’s swankiest nightclubs – became an unimaginable inferno, trapping hundreds of panicked victims as they jammed the club’s exits. In less than 15 minutes, 492 people were dead …

Superstorm Sandy’s Impact on Flood Risk Assessment, Mitigation 5 Years Later

It’s been five years since Superstorm Sandy caused widespread devastation to the East Coast, causing an estimated $18.75 billion in insured property losses at the time, according to ISO’s Property Claim Services (PCS). In an interview with Claims Journal, Marc …

Slow Recovery, Reconstruction After Mexico Quake

Wearing a hardhat, Rodrigo Diaz Mejia steps onto the hood of a crushed car and then gingerly into an apartment cracked open by the Sept. 19 earthquake. Inside he spots a photo of two young boys hanging on a wall …

After Hurricanes, Focus Turns to Assessing the Effectiveness of Building Code Adoption

As residents and businesses continue to recover after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, focus is beginning to turn to mitigation. In Florida, where experts say better buildings codes resulted from Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago, analysis will include how improved codes …

Engineers Say Mexico Quake Deaths Could Have Been Prevented

Warm lighting would enhance the wood floors’ natural glow, the developer promised, so when all the custom lightbulbs burnt out, Anahi Abadia and her husband grudgingly drove to Home Depot to replenish supplies for their chic new flat in central …