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New Report Rates Building Codes in 18 Coastal States

From Texas on up to Maine, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) has assessed the progress of hurricane-prone coastal states as it relates to strengthening their residential building codes in its newly released 2015 “Rating the States” report. The second edition of this report uses 47 key data points to compare states along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Coast to the original 2012 report ranking residential building codes. Adherence to building codes in high-wind and hurricane-prone areas has been shown to reduce the amount of storm-related damage.    

LP Building Products recently released a product designed to help builders meet codes in high wind and hurricane zones: LP LongLength XL OSB Sheathing for Wind Zones. LP LongLength XL panels give builders a better building solution that shifts wind uplift loads through the sheathing. Appropriate for both single and multi-story applications and installed vertically, LP LongLength XL OSB panels allow builders to connect the sill plate to the upper top plate with one continuous panel and, along with an increased fastener schedule, allow for the elimination of a significant amount of hardware.

Because LP LongLength XL panels are fastened to the framing member when installed vertically, they also eliminate blocking, reduce air leakage in the home, and help builders meet challenging energy codes. LP LongLength XL panels are available in 48˝ x 97-1/8˝, 48˝ x 109-1/8˝, and 48˝ x 121-1/8˝. Learn more

Interested in reading more about the IBHS 2015 “Rating the States” report and seeing how the 18 coastal states stack up according to hurricane safety ratings by building codes? Read more.

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