“The homebuilders are accepting this as a good thing,” said Marvin Haworth, Moore Home Builders Association. “We think this is going to improve the quality of homes in the Moore area. We feel like it is going to address the problems we have with tornadoes.”
This is believed to be the first building code in the U.S. that focuses on the impact of tornadoes on residential property.
Council member Scott Singer asked whether the homes built to this new code will help reduce insurance rates.
Haworth said he doesn’t have an answer to that, but Council member Jerry Cavner, who is in the insurance business, said in the long term it should help with rates and in the short term could help people continue to get insurance coverage.
“I think this is a very progressive thing for our community,” City Manager Steve Eddy said. “I do think we’re a leader in this regard and that other cities will follow us.”
The council also approved the acceptance of an additional $25.9 million in CDBG disaster recovery funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
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