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Codes and Standards
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Buyers prefer city living, so many formerly desirable subruban homes stay on the market much longer than in recent years
Hurricane Sandy damged a New Jersey town in 2012. Photo: U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Mark C. Olsen/Wikimedia Commons.
The house uses energy-efficient insulated concrete form for the walls and floors designed to withstand wind and flying debris
Flooding in Nashville, Tenn. Photo: Eric Hamiter/Creative Commons.
The proposal would prompt projects to be built as much as two feet higher. Some business groups say regulations would drive up costs
Flooding in Baton Rouge, La., in August. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Creative Commons.
The projects began after a massive flood in 1983
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All new buildings will have to be heated, cooled, and powered without any net emissions.
Rendering: Babcock Ranch.
A 75-megawatt solar farm will provide power for Babcock Ranch during the day.
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The house sits on a trailer, and is therefore classified as a mobile home.
Flooding in Baton Rouge in August 2016. Photo: U.S. Department of Agriculture/Creative Commons.
FEMA said up to $33,000 will be allotted for those affected by the storm, but most payments are more likely to be between $9,000 and $10,000.
Shishmaref, Alaska. Photo: Bering Land Bridge National Preserve/Wikimedia Commons.
The move is estimated to cost $180 million. Dozens of other Alaskan villages are also threatened by rising sea levels.
Houses in San Jose, Calif. Photo: Sean O'Flaherty/Wikimedia Commons.
A montly rent of $6,200 in Palo Alto forced city planner Kate Downing and her husband to move 40 miles away to Santa Cruz.