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Stronger Building Codes are Vital to Preventing Future Katrina-Like Destruction; Portland Cement Association Engineers Explain Best Next Steps


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WHAT: People throughout Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Louisiana are now beginning the enormous process of putting back together their lives and reconstructing or repairing their homes. Some have chosen to start over away from the Gulf Coast, but many are staying to rebuild their homes and communities into stronger, better places.

Key to prevention of future devastating home loss will be the quick adoption of local and state building codes that improve life safety, property protection, and the general welfare of the public. Experts recommend the approval of minimal statewide codes equal to International Code Council’s building and residential codes or other codes that reference the American Society of Civil Engineers’ “Flood Resistant Design and Construction” and “Minimum Design Load” standards.

WHO: Portland Cement Association’s (PCA) Codes and Standards Department is uniquely qualified to help readers understand the importance of strong structural codes. Members of the post- disaster investigation of the Hurricane Katrina damage with the insurance industry, PCA staff regularly works with building officials on the adoption of residential and commercial building codes that protect people and structures.

WHY: Structural engineers with decades of experience in code and standard development, PCA staff actively participates on several relevant committees including the International Code Council’s (ICC) consensus committees on Hurricane Resistant Construction and Storm Shelters.


About PCA

Based in Skokie, Ill., the Portland Cement Association represents cement companies in the United States and Canada. It conducts market development, engineering, research, education, and public affairs programs.


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