Code Legislation to be introduced at Special Session of Louisiana Legislature
Beginning November 6
SOLUTIA PRESS RELEASE 11/04/2005
ST. LOUIS November 4, 2005 On the heels of a sobering post-Katrina
hurricane study conducted by the Louisiana State University (LSU) Hurricane Center,
statewide building code legislation is set to be introduced at a special session
of the Louisiana Legislature beginning Monday, Nov. 6.
Adopting a statewide building code could be a significant factor in rebuilding
Louisiana to safer standards, says Nanette Lockwood, legislative affairs
manager at Solutia and one of the authors of the proposed legislation. Louisiana
should be commended for responding quickly to this need for improved construction
The LSU study, sponsored by Solutia Inc. (OTCBB: SOLUQ), found that more than
75 percent of residential hurricane wind damage could have been prevented by the
use of hurricane mitigation building techniques including: opening protection,
improved connection of the roof deck, installation of hurricane straps and secondary
moisture protection of the roof deck. These techniques could have prevented nearly
$8 billion in residential losses due to Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana alone.
Based on the studys finding, and with the support of Louisiana Governor
Kathleen Babineaux Blanco and local business and consumer interests, new building
code legislation is scheduled to be introduced during a special session of the
Louisiana Legislature beginning Nov. 6. The proposed bill would do the following:
- Establish a Louisiana Building Codes Council appointed by the governor to
review and adopt state building codes, regulate training and education of code
officials and oversee implementation of the codes at the local level.
- Establish mandatory statewide codes for the construction, reconstruction and
repairs of buildings based on the International Building Code, International Residential
Code, and the International Existing Buildings Code, 2003 editions, within six
months of enactment.
- Establish emergency application of flood and wind provisions to parishes designated
as disaster areas within 30 days of enactment.
Quick enactment of regulation should stimulate the economic growth in
Louisiana, providing additional jobs and will send a message to Congress that
Louisiana has taken an important step in rebuilding to safer standards,
For more information about these legislative efforts in Louisiana, contact
Nanette Lockwood at email@example.com