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Experts Urge More Stringent Building Standards in Aftermath of Tornado

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As populations grow denser throughout the "tornado alley" that stretches from Texas to North Dakota and Colorado to Ohio, many experts say communities should consider designing buildings to withstand twisters just as coastal communities build to survive hurricanes. Concrete has long been recognized for its strength and durability, making it a natural building material to resist natural hazards. As a result, a key component of NRMCA’s strategy to promote concrete buildings is to encourage states to adopt incentives and encourage resilient construction. To that end, NRMCA has authored model legislation that provides insurance subsidies for those who build a home or building to resist loss due to natural events (click here to download the model legislation).

In addition, NRMCA has resources to help members and state affiliates advocate for resilient construction, including developing legislation, talking points, public relations and other key strategies.

Click here to read about efforts to make building standards more stringent in the wake of such a disaster in Texas. To learn more about how NRMCA can assist in state advocacy, please contact John Loyer, senior director of state and local government affairs, at 703-675-7603 or

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