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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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Hurricane Michael: Extreme Events Bring Lessons of Disaster Resilience

Posted by Timothy Schmitz, ICC

Jun 12, 2019 3:43:32 PM

Hurricane Michael hit the Florida Panhandle as a category 5 storm early in the afternoon on Oct. 10, 2018, setting a record as the strongest storm to strike Florida in nearly a century. Michael was the third-strongest storm to make landfall in the U.S. Timothy Schmitz, lead senior regional manager for the International Code Council’s Government Relations division, shares his perspective.

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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FLASH Announces an Initiative to Address Missing or Outdated Building Codes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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