Originally Posted By: gromicko
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(September 29, 2004) – A close brush with Hurricane Ivan has officials in many Louisiana parishes rethinking local building codes. Since parishes are responsible for their own construction standards, only some of the state’s dwellings are strong enough to survive hurricane-force winds.
The regulations adopted by Plaquemines Parish call for structures that can hold up in 110-mile-per-hour winds, while Jefferson Parish's required wind tolerance is just 88 mph. Now that Orleans Parish has implemented the International Building Code and the International Residential Code, homes built there must be able to withstand 130-mph winds. The code might soon be adopted by Jefferson and Plaquemines parishes as well. Meanwhile, officials in St. Charles soon may enact the parish's first building code.
However, tough rules translate into higher home prices, sometimes boosting costs by as much as $7,000.
Source: New Orleans CityBusiness (09/27/04); Roberts, Deon
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