Public Policy

IBHS is proud to launch the newest edition of Rating the States 2018, an in-depth study of the strength and effectiveness of residential building code programs in 18 hurricane-prone coastal states. See where your state ranks and how stronger codes could improve your community resilience.

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Building codes help safeguard people and property from hazards such as fires and electrical malfunctions, as well as severe weather and natural disasters. IBHS strongly supports the statewide adoption of building codes and standards, strong local enforcement of the codes, and training and licensing of building officials, builders and contractors.

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Resilient communities can reduce loss of life and injury, protect property and livelihoods, and create a culture that is focused on long-term economic health and social welfare.

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Coastal resilience is defined as the ability of communities to proactively protect themselves against hazardous events and bounce back, rather than simply react, when they occur. Consistent with coastal resilience, it is imperative to ensure green structures also meet wind resistance and storm surge requirements.

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Because IBHS is a non-profit organization, its direct participation in lobbying activities is extremely limited and consistent with Internal Revenue Code rules. Within this context, IBHS representatives may testify at legislative hearings at the request of Congressional or state legislative committees.

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