In the case of high-wind events, such as hurricanes, research shows that modern building codes can make a difference in reducing the amount of storm-related damage. Strong building codes reduce property damage, allow home and business owners to recover faster, help maintain the local economy, and reduce the amount of government disaster aid required.

The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) has released the second edition of the Institute's Rating the States report. The study assesses the progress of 18 hurricane-prone coastal states along the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic in terms of strengthening their residential building code systems since IBHS' original 2012 report.

[Related: Click for the full IBHS report findings: Ranked! Residential building codes in 18 hurricane-prone coastal states]

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