Ian Recovery Roundup: New building codes made big difference; Claims keep coming; Allstate takes hit

  • New reports submitted to the Florida Building Commission confirm updated construction codes are working
  • Newer buildings survived with significantly less damage than older buildings
  • Ian claims topped 550,000 this week, with $6.45 billion in damages
  • Allstate reported gross auto and property losses of $671 million

Two separate studies of post-storm damage from Hurricane Ian concluded that newer construction codes made a significant difference in building survivability. At ground zero near Fort Myers in southwest Florida, many newer structures withstood the brunt of Hurricane Ian’s 140+ mph winds, underscoring the importance of recently updated Florida building codes.

The new construction standards helped reduce property insurance losses in some areas.

The two reports, one by university professors and one from CoreLogic, a data analytics company, concluded in a preliminary report to the Florida Building Commission that more modern buildings fared significantly better than older structures thanks to hurricane resistant building codes.

According to a report submitted this week by the University of New York, 18 homes built before 1981 were totally destroyed by the storm, however a single house in the same survey area built in 2020 survived with minimal damage. The report noted that the house was built high enough that it evaded some, though not all, of the storm surge.

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