The city of Seattle is working to improve flood protection standards to make it more resilient in a time of climate change.
It is part of a statewide effort to build resilience in the face of rising sea levels and rising seas, which will cause millions of people to relocate from coastal areas.
A new report from the nonprofit Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE) looks at the environmental and economic impacts of building rules to build homes in coastal communities.
“Building rules can be a good way to manage flood risks,” said Ben Binder, a CERE co-director.
“They reduce costs, they help to limit the risk of flooding, they reduce the amount of water needed to move things around.
But the big question is, do we really need them?”
The study analyzed flood insurance policies, building codes, floodplain information and other data from nearly 100 local jurisdictions and found that in many cases, these policies do not protect properties from flooding.
They can lead to lower flood insurance premiums and increased premiums for other businesses and homeowners.
While some of these policies may help people to reduce their losses, other policies lead to higher premiums for homeowners and businesses.
Binder said that building rules are not only required to protect people and property from floods, but also to ensure people are prepared for them.
“There are a number of building codes that don’t protect the environment,” he said.
“And so, the way we build our cities and our communities, the laws and the ordinances, the codes that are there to protect the people are often not working as intended.”
While the city of Vancouver, British Columbia, recently adopted a new code, which includes floodplain requirements, that includes building codes for homes, that does not include floodplain rules for homes.
“We know that floodplain protections are important in the water-prone areas of the city,” said Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson.
“We know they are necessary for our floodplain management.
But we know they’re not a priority for most communities, and that’s why we’re working to make our city more resilient.”
I would say that building codes are the most effective way to do this,” he added.
In addition to the report, CERE has developed a website that provides a floodplain map that shows where people live, where they work, and where their homes are located.