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Florida Damages Offer a Case Study in the Aftermath of Flooding

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 17, 2019 10:20:49 AM

Past floods from hurricanes and tropical storms have left some Floridian homeowners on the streets and strapped with staggering rebuilding expenses. ArcDesign gives practical advice on how to avoid such an outcome for this and future hurricane seasons.

Last year Hurricane Michael made landfall near Mexico Beach in the panhandle of Florida. In the aftermath of the hurricane's shocking impact, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) declared the city "wiped out." 1 In the months following the disaster, city officials wrestled with passing new land regulations to prepare the city for future hurricane strikes. One of the main changes made to building codes is raising any new buildings or homes above the flood line to avoid future structural damage.2Randy Young, CEO of ArcDesign, residential design and drafting specialists, describes the building code change as necessary but late. “Whether new or existing, the most important thing a person can do to prevent home flood damage is elevate their home or structure above the flood plain. However, to prevent flood damage, the time to do it is before a hurricane hits— not afterwards.”

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Video: Fiber Cement Siding Weathers Extreme Weather

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 14, 2019 8:27:20 AM

These testimonials from James Hardie shows how their siding product performed during recent storms.

Homeowners Deb and Dave share how Hurricane Irma devastated the community of Marathon in the Florida Keys and how James Hardie® siding helped protect their home from the storm – Click HERE for full story

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Code Council Releases Comprehensive Natural Disaster Preparedness Guide

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 10, 2019 1:19:13 PM

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FLASH Announces an Initiative to Address Missing or Outdated Building Codes

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 6, 2019 11:10:16 AM

The nonprofit Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH)® Partnership announced consumer research findings and analysis underpinning a new transparency initiative entitled, No Code. No Confidence. Inspect to Protect.org. The organization created the effort after consumer surveys revealed that Americans are highly confident that building codes are already “in place” even though most communities at-risk for disaster are without necessary structural codes and standards for safe and optimal building performance.

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Metal Roof Serves as a Safety Shield During Hurricane Michael

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 4, 2019 12:22:05 PM

Chosen for its looks, the metal roof on a Florida resident’s home ends up saving her family during disaster.

Panama City, Fla., homeowner Kristi considers herself lucky, thanks to a less-than-thorough inspection that missed the obvious fact her 1940s home needed a new roof when she bought it in 2014.

By chance, she replaced her leaking asphalt roof with metal as one of the first home improvement projects she tackled. Kristi, who prefers her last name not be used for personal privacy, says she decided to go with a metal roof because she liked the appearance and thought it would fit nicely with her home’s cottage style. “I didn’t even really consider safety at the time,” Kristi says. “[I remember] thinking that metal would help keep the home a lot cooler in Florida’s heat.” 

Fast forward to fall of 2018, when Hurricane Michael hit Panama City dead-on as a strong Category 4-plus monster storm. Now, Kristi credits her roof choice for something much more important: saving her life.

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