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If stronger building codes had been in place, wind damages from Hurricane Katrina would have been reduced by 80%.
Hurricane Katrina $125 billion in property damage.
What Actions Can We Take to Make a Difference?
What to Do
What to Say
Right now, we need to make unprecedented changes to ensure a sustainable and equitable society.
Eneref Institute advocates for the creation and enforcement of stricter building codes and encourages builders, architects, and manufacturers to meet the minimum standards and even construct above-code.
You can also call your governing agencies across the US — and around the world — to demand that the building codes in your area secure the structural soundness of every building against severe weather conditions to protect you, your loved ones and your property.
- CLIMATE CATASTROPHES ARE WORSENING
The 2017 Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Nate caused more than $250 billion in damage in the United States, according to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). As storms increase in intensity, so will the damage that they inflict.
- SOME MANUFACTURERS ARE CUTTING CORNERS
To sell less expensive construction products, some manufacturers avoid overhead costs associated with testing to guarantee that products perform at code. Damage during weather events is born by the homeowner or building owner, and ultimately the insurer.
- STRUCTURAL EFFICIENCY SHOULD NOT BE OVERLOOKED
Despite the recently increasing number of weather events, many building codes today prioritize energy efficiency, or thermal rating, even at the cost of reduced structural safety. However, structural integrity for storm damage mitigation is just as important as energy efficiency.
- STRENGTHENING BUILDING CODES SAVES LIVES AND MONEY
A more exhaustive look at building codes for windows—and better enforcement of existing codes—will speed up recovery after a weather event, cause less disruption to families and businesses, ease pressure on insurance companies and reduce the need for disaster assistance.
- HOW TO GET STARTED
The roadmap to durable buildings should begin at the local level. Call your local representative and ask for manufacturers of foundations, building framing systems, roof coverings, exterior cladding components, windows and doors to be compelled to comply and exceed the minimum building codes.