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Post-Sandy Building Codes Protect Property, Raise Reconstruction Costs

Building code changes in the wake of Hurricane Sandy are raising rebuilding costs for homeowners and other property owners while still attempting to mitigate future damages.In New York City, one- and two-family low-rise homes constructed before 1961 suffered the most damage from the storm, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.The damage was similar to the same types of structures damaged in comparable flood and erosion conditions, FEMA said in its Hurricane Sandy Mitigation Assessment Team Report.Houses in flood hazard areas of Long Island that are currently being rebuilt are now required to be elevated, and code officials are required to list these as three-story single-family homes, Lewis Dubuque, executive vice president of the New York State Builders Association, said.The code requires such homes to be furnished with fire sprinklers as well. These requirements add an additional $10,000 to $20,000 to the cost of a home, Dubuque said."Fortunately, New York state is al...

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