Claudette Reichel | 6/24/2008 2:35:12 AM
Code-Plus Programs: It’s a good investment to go beyond minimum code requirements – for additional damage resistance, peace of mind, market value and to qualify for current or future incentives such as property insurance discounts. Two “code-plus” programs are widely recognized and included in the Louisiana building code legislation as alternatives for code compliance.
Its guidelines provide a more standardized set of requirements that offer greater safety, damage resistance and simplicity than minimum code requirements. They also include best practices to reduce water damage that are not addressed in the codes. For more information and videos on property protection techniques, and to download the Fortified building guidelines, visit www.ibhs.org.
Its guidelines are also more standardized than code and apply to houses that fit within a given set of design criteria. They are based upon a design wind speed of 140 mph. For more information and the building guidelines, visit www.blueprintforsafety.org. For information on ways to protect existing homes and to see animated “how-to” clips, visit www.flash.org
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