Virginia surpasses Florida for strictest hurricane building codes

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The overhaul of Florida’s building codes after Hurricane Andrew made the state slip to second spot

April 14, 2015

Virginia has edged out Florida as the state with the most stringent hurricane building codes, according to the Institute for Business and Home Safety’s “2015 Rating the States” report. Florida, which overhauled its building codes after Hurricane Andrew in 1992, slipped to the second spot.

Most states with strong building code systems in place at the time of IBHS’s first report in 2012 remain committed to building safety, the organization says. Most of these states have updated their codes to the latest model code editions, or are in the process of doing so, and maintained effective enforcement systems.

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