The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety, a research arm of the insurance industry with a testing facility near Chester, SC, released its ratings for 18 hurricane-prone states along the Atlantic coast. The ratings evaluate the state’s building code and its enforcement, code official certification and training, and contractor licensing. South Carolina had the fifth highest rating, behind Florida, Virginia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts.
From the IBHS press release, the report is the first of its kind, state-by-state assessment of individual state performance in developing and promulgating a residential building code system, which uses modern building codes, coupled with strong enforcement related activities to enhance the protection of homes and families.
- Code adoption and enforcement – Statewide mandatory code adoption and enforcement are the primary elements to require that the minimum standards of codes are utilized.
- Code official training and certification – Code official training and certification are part of the regulatory scheme to ensure that code officials are properly educated, trained and tested in order to correctly enforce building codes.
- Licensing requirements for construction trades – Licensing requirements for construction trades ensure that contractors and subcontractors are familiar with the sections of code that impact them, that they demonstrate minimum competency in their trade, and stay current with code requirements.