Tampa Bay Times
Following hurricane Andrew's devastation, Florida introduced a stricter building-code system that enforces building codes and prescribes training and licensing for building officials and contractors, reports Tampa Bay Times. Recently, the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety ranked Florida in the first three for best building codes out of 18 hurricane effected states. However, Douglas Buck, a director at the Florida Home Builders Association warned: "Your code is only as good as your system to make sure you're compliant. Once you're compliant, you can ask if we need more codes."