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State by State Analysis of the Benefits to Cost from Wind Enhanced Buildings; Kevin M. Simmons
Start Date: 9/14/2018Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 9/14/2018End Time: 1:00 PM
Event Description:
Kevin M. Simmons, Professor and Chair at the Department of Economics at Austin College

In 2002, Florida enacted the first statewide building code based on wind engineering principles.  After a tragic tornado in 2013 which killed 24 including 7 school children, Moore, OK followed suit.  We use results from evaluating the cost effectiveness of both Florida and Moore's code to determine if other states would benefit from a building code based on similar standards. Of the 20 states examined, 8 have positive benefit to cost ratios with 3 showing paybacks of less than 20 years. This result suggests that statewide building codes designed for the protection of wind hazards should be considered beyond Florida.
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Scharbauer, room 4015
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Free and open to the public. For questions, please contact Dr. Kiril Tochkov at

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