Effectiveness of Stronger Codes: Facts and Figures
Various studies and surveys have shown that buildings constructed with strict codes fare better that buildings built conventionally.
Research by Kevin Simmons, a professor at Austin College evaluated insured-loss data from 2001 to 2010. He discovered that buildings with strict codes cut back windstorm losses by 72%. Also, for every additional dollar spent on construction, $6 was saved in losses.
We have more statistics to prove the effectiveness of stringent codes. According to IBHS, the hurricane Andrew caused $20 billion in insured damage. The agency found that the loss could have been reduced by 50% for residential properties if they were built following 2004 Florida building codes. For commercial buildings, the loss would come down by 40%.
Research by Louisiana State University found that wind damages from hurricane Katrina would reduce by 80% only if buildings adopted stronger codes. Another IBHS study after Hurricane Charley in 2004 revealed that building codes decreased the severity of losses by 42% and loss frequency by 60%.
The advantages of building a house according to stringent codes and best practices are clear. You can survive even the fiercest storms and maintain functionality of your property. Damages, even if they occur, are minimum and you can repair them easily.
You can also reap other benefits by creating a fortified home or building. Insurance companies now push for stricter codes, especially in storm-prone areas. You can expect to get your property insured at a reasonable rate by adopting a resilient design.
Storm resilient properties also fetch a high price at the time of reselling. You can sell your home or building for a higher price than a typical house without a resilient design. For example, a home built with Fortified standards gains 7% increase in resale value compared to conventional houses.
Going for storm resiliency is the ultimate step you can take to protect your property and family. We ensure that your building is built with the latest standards which proved to be effective. Our engineers also consider many factors apart from building codes to create a resilient structure. We adopt a foolproof process which evaluates various aspects before creating a storm resilient design.