Building Code Legislation to Keep Mississippi Safer During Upcoming
The Coalition to Build a Safer and Stronger Mississippi, made up of more than
30 building industry organizations and associations, helped push
for legislation governing stronger building codes in Mississippi,
a recent DuPont news release announced.
With the 2006 hurricane season rapidly approaching, the Mississippi
legislature has passed stronger building code legislation to help
protect homes and businesses along the Mississippi Gulf Coast from
damage caused by hurricane winds. The legislation, which will affect
the five costal counties of Mississippi-Jackson, Harrison, Hancock,
Stone and Pearl River-ensures that any newly constructed residential
and commercial structures have maximum protection for windows and
doors by requiring building standards that mandate protection. Governor
Haley Barbour signed the legislation on Friday, April 21.
According to DuPont, the coalition took the lead in developing and
encouraging support for the building code legislation that will
protect people and their property by ensuring that residential and
commercial buildings are built to withstand greater hurricane-force
wind, rain and wind-borne debris.
DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions (GLS), a member of the coalition,
educated government and community leaders on the importance of creating
a stronger building code to help protect Mississippi residents.
"DuPont Glass Laminating Solutions is proud to have a role
in successfully emphasizing the importance of a stronger building
code in Mississippi and throughout the Gulf region," said Hector
Rivero, DuPont government affairs manager. "The state's uniform
building code is an important piece of legislation, and we applaud
the industry's involvement in The Coalition to Build a Safer and
Stronger Mississippi to work together to protect the people of this
The passage of Mississippi House Bill 1406, titled "Building
a Safer and Stronger Mississippi Act," established a uniform
building code that includes standards set by the International Building
Code and the International Residential Code, the latest and most
comprehensive codes available.
DuPont's Glass Laminating Solutions Group says it has extensive
experience in providing counsel to states developing stronger building
codes. In 1996, following the devastation of Hurricane Andrew, the
state of Florida asked DuPont to participate in a group to study
the development of a statewide building code and make recommendations
on how the state should proceed. This work, along with legislative
action, resulted in the formation of the Florida Building Commission,
which helped to pass legislation for stronger building codes. Similar
work in Louisiana in 2005 also led to the passage of stronger codes,
which will apply to buildings rebuilt in the wake of Hurricanes
Katrina and Rita. It will also be required for all buildings built
or rebuilt statewide starting in 2007.