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HUD PUBLISHES STUDY ON HOME DAMAGE FROM HURRICANES ANDREW AND INIKI

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Severe water damage was the most common and costly factor in residential single-family structure damage, according to a new study "Assessment of Damage to Single-Family Homes Caused by Hurricanes Andrew and Iniki," published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The study reports the damage on homes in South Florida and Hawaii.
 "This report offers valuable information and guidance for builders, public officials, homeowners and others concerned with wind-resistant construction strategies in hurricane-prone areas across the country," said Michael Stegman, HUD assistant secretary for policy development and research.
 Surveys by engineer teams reported that 65 percent of the surveyed homes received widespread interior water damage in Andrew, and 40 percent suffered serious water damage in Iniki. In each of the damage areas, significant structural damage occurred in less than 20 percent of single-family homes.
 Overall, the report reveals deficiencies in residential design, construction, building codes and standards for building materials for single-family homes.
 The HUD report includes several recommendations and identifies three critical areas of structural failure in the storms: windows and doors, roof coverings and attachment of roof sheathing. Among recommendations contained in the report are stronger and more flexible building code requirements, improved homeowner preparedness training and industry involvement in the development of cost-effective, wind-resistant construction methods and materials.
 Copies are available to the general public for a $4 handling charge through HUD USER by calling 800-245-2691.
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 /CONTACT: Vivian Potter, 202-708-0685, ext. ll7, or Bob Nipp, 202-708-0980, ext. 115, both of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development/


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