Florida leads other hurricane-prone states in quality of its building codes

Florida has the strongest residential building codes among 18 coastal states, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety. Florida’s rating is 95, almost three times higher than lowest-ranked Texas. Other states with high scores are Virginia (94), South Carolina (92) and New Jersey (90).

Noting that 25 million people in the United States and its territories were affected by hurricanes and other extreme weather last year, the institute’s CEO, Julie Rochman, said it is imperative for states to do all they can to ensure structures can withstand natural disasters.

Florida’s relatively light damage from Hurricane Irma in September shows that “updated, well-enforced building codes have led to the construction of homes and buildings that can stand up to fierce hurricane winds,’’ Rochman said. “Unfortunately, many states took no action to improve their code system and a few have weaker systems in place now than they had in 2015.’’

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John William is a cum laude graduate of the University of Miami, and has spent his lifetime in sales and marketing. The fourth generation to join his family business, John William manages all luxury residential sales and transactions within the Tampa Bay and South Florida markets. A keen industry insider with a finger on the pulse of the area, He is an expert identifying high-return acquisition and development opportunities for hungry investors both large and small while simultaneously working with homeowners and homebuyers to buy and sell the home of their dreams… often times without the need of the MLS or a For Sale sign. He also oversees all digital and print marketing for the company, and handles all sales training for new and established agents alike. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Brookwood Florida, the oldest charity in Florida, and works to raise millions of dollars annually for local charities and museums.