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February 19, 2018

Weak Building Code Enforcement Exacerbates Destruction in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has adopted building codes that include some of the strictest standards in the world when it comes to hurricane resistance.

But there’s a big problem: Bad enforcement. About 55% of all structures in Puerto Rico haven’t been built to code partly because the government lacks an adequate process for code certification during the building process, according to Ricardo Alvarez-Diaz, president of the Puerto Rico Builders Association.

The result: About 250,000 housing units were damaged in the latest hurricane season, Mr. Alvarez-Diaz said. The number would have been much lower if they had all been built to code. Continue Reading>>