Catastrophe Management

Florida’s Investment in Building Codes Pays Off

There could hardly be a better laboratory to test the benefits of strong building codes than Florida in the first decade of the 21st century. From 2001 through 2010, hurricane tracks are a thicket ...

Working toward more resilient communities for 20 years

Mother Nature started 2016 with a bang in late January, dropping record and near-record snowfalls across the eastern seaboard. The snow was accompanied by wind gusts that reached 75 miles per hour...

Iowa, with or without the candidates

Every four years around this time, Iowa gets a lot of attention. The presidential campaign season officially starts here with the Iowa caucuses. Presidential aspirants are everywhere—speaking at...

The ebb and flow of building codes

If you’ve ever spent time in a coastal community, you know residents and businessowners pay a lot of attention to ebb and flow. Their very existence may depend on the tides — for fishing and boatin...

BCEGS Bracket Busters – Final Four!

We’re down to the last four teams in this year’s college basketball tournament, and it seems that using Building Code Effectiveness Grading Schedule (BCEGS®) scores isn’t the best method for...

BCEGS Bracket Busters!

March Madness is upon us as the college basketball playoffs begin. Everyone has a unique method for filling out the brackets, whether it’s loyally choosing your alma mater against their rivals,...

Fraud-fighting insurance technologies and connected-home insights

Fraud prevention and connected homes lead our Q1 2015 issue of Visualize , a quarterly magazine from Verisk Insurance Solutions. This popular publication contains commentary and insights devoted to...

Building codes: From one extreme to the other

I was fortunate — for two reasons — to visit Newport Beach, California, recently. First, Newport Beach is a really nice place. In the depths of winter, the average low temperature is 50 degrees, an...

Building codes from Mesopotamia to Ohio

The ancient Babylonian laws known as the Code of Hammurabi , dating back to Mesopotamia in 1772 B.C., probably featured the world’s first building codes. Although Ohio is a long way from Mesopotami...