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APR 2018

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8 • April 2018 GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS REGULATIONS The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety's 2018 edition of Rating the States follows a disastrous year of storms, authors note, and is well timed to inform discussion and action to improve building strength as communities repair or replace hurricane-dam- aged properties. "Mother Nature delivered a serious and costly beating to the U.S. and its territories during 2017, with 25 million people impacted by hurricanes and many more by other severe weather events," says IBHS CEO Julie Rochman. "Bad weather is not new, and will not stop. But what can and must stop is the continued construction, and inevitable destruction, of weak, vulnerable homes built—and too often rebuilt—in questionable locations. We must build stronger, to code standards proven to reduce risk, and stop allowing today's weather events to become painful, expensive disasters for homeowners, communities, states and the entire nation." Like 2012 and 2015 editions, this year's Rating the States uses a 100-point scale to assess the progress of 18 hurricane Underwriters scrutinize hurricane-prone states' building code adoption The full 2018 Rating the States report with state-specific information is posted at www. LAFARGEHOLCIM TAPS LEMONDS TO LEAD GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS exposure-prone states along the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic coast in strengthen- ing their residential building code systems. IBHS weighs 47 data points to assess pro- gram effectiveness, including code adoption and enforcement; building official training and certification; and, construction trades licensing requirements. Topping the 2018 rankings with respective scores of 95, 94 and 92 are Florida, Virginia and South Car- olina versus laggards Mississippi, Alabama and Delaware, scoring 28, 27 and 17. This year's report finds that most states with strong building code systems in place at the time of 2012 edition remain commit- ted to building safety. "States with strong, updated codes saw stunning proof in Florida that updated, well-enforced building codes have led to the construction of homes and buildings that can stand up to fierce hur- ricane winds. It can't be any clearer: these codes work," Rochman contends. "Unfor- tunately, many states took no action to improve their code systems, and a few have weaker systems in place now than in 2015." L a fa rge Ho l c i m h a s a p p o i nt e d M ic h a e l LeMonds vice president of Land, Environment and Government Affairs for the United States. He has served in a variety of leadership positions for Lafarge North America operations, and currently chairs the National Ready Mixed Concrete Associa- tion Government Affairs Committee. A graduate of Albion College, Michigan, LeMonds has completed executive education programs at the Harvard University Graduate School of Business and University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, and was a Graduate Fellow at the Michigan State Uni- versity Institute for Public Policy and Social Research. Concurrent with his promotion, LafargeHolcim appointed Chad Cornwell as director of ACM Aggregate and Asphalt Performance, over-seeing performance, geology and mining teams for U.S. Aggregates Con- struction Material unit. He holds a B.S. in mining engi- neering from the University of Missouri at Rolla. Chad Cornwell Michael LeMonds

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