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Study Recommends Florida Building Code Changes to Reflect Sea Level Rise

The study is important because current building codes don’t take the future of sea level rise into consideration.

A study by FIU, which was first published in June, may lead to updated Florida building codes that take sea level rise into account, photo internet recreation.
A study by FIU, which was first published in June, may lead to updated Florida building codes that take sea level rise into account, photo internet recreation.

By Josephine Fuller, Contributing Reporter

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – A study by Florida International University’s Sea Level Solutions Center in the Institute of Water and Environment, which was first published in June, may lead to updated building codes that take the inevitable rising sea levels into account.

The study was sponsored by the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, Florida Building Commission and is important because current building codes don’t take the future of sea level rise into consideration.

Jayantha Obeysekera, director of the Sea Level Solutions Center and associate director of the Institute of Water and Environment said in an interview “We recommend some potential changes that should be incorporated into future planning, [we] go through the building codes and identify on this new research where the code itself should be modified.”

Research was conducted in Miami-Dade County and models looked fifty years into the future to gauge potential implications for building codes. Rain loads on buildings, potential flooding levels and the impact of rising water tables on infrastructure were all studied.

Read on >>>> Source: Miami Beach Times Study Recommends Florida Building Code Changes to Reflect Sea Level Rise | Miami Beach Times

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