Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety News

North Carolina Weakened Its 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 …

Hailstone Sets New Weather Record in Alabama

All hail the newest entry in Alabama weather record books. AL.com cites a release from state climatologist Dr. John Christy saying a hailstone that fell March 19 in Cullman County is the largest on record in the state. Weighing nearly …

Rising Seas May Wipe Out Jersey Towns and Millions in AAA Bonds

Few parts of the U.S. are as exposed to the threats from climate change as Ocean County, New Jersey. It was here in Seaside Heights that Hurricane Sandy flooded an oceanfront amusement park, leaving an inundated roller coaster as an …

Why FEMA Disaster Aid Deductible Makes Sense, Except to Local Officials and Builders

The proposal boiled down to just three paragraphs in the Federal Register: Would it be a good idea, the Federal Emergency Management Agency wondered, if Washington gave states a financial incentive to pass building codes, better protecting their residents against …

IBHS: After Katrina, Roofing Regulations Stronger on Gulf Coast

According to new research by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, stronger building codes and standards, along with more stringent requirements for inspections, building permits, and contractor licensing, all have contributed to safer, stronger roofs in coastal Alabama, …

IBHS Urges New York to Adopt 2015 Model Building Codes

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) said it is commending the New York Code Council for starting the process to adopt the 2015 edition of the International Code Council model (ICC) building codes, known as the I-Codes. …

Central Texas Home an Example of the Benefits of Building Stronger

A home in Burnet County, Texas, that was picked up and carried 100 yards by a tornado last month, was reinforced according to its owner, Trenton Ashworth. The National Weather System reported that the EF-2 tornado that hit the Texas …

Mississippi Enacts First Statewide Building Code Law

Mississippi has enacted its first statewide building code that is designed to set construction guidelines to strengthen homes and other buildings from hurricane and other weather-related damage. Governor Phil Bryant signed the legislation that advocates have been calling for since …

Study: Florida, Virginia Have Best Building Codes

Florida and Virginia have received good marks in a survey that looks at building codes in hurricane-prone states.The Tampa-based Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety conducted an analysis, evaluation, and comparison of building code and enforcement systems for residential …