Hurricane Irma Puts South Florida Condos to the Test

by Isaac Benmergui, Esq on October 10, 2017

south florida condosSometimes, building codes seem to be at odds with the needs and wants of South Florida’s builders, developers and real estate brokers. Code compliance can derail a sale, throw off a deal and wreck a perfect design. But as Hurricane Irma bore down on South Florida, many real estate agents were thankful for the rigorous building codes that helped many projects and buildings survive the storm.

After Hurricane Andrew destroyed more than 25,000 homes in 1992, state legislators went tough on building codes, requiring an increase in how much wind pressure a home could withstand, stronger roof fasteners, impact-resistant windows, and other safety features. In 2004, Hurricane Charley put those new features to the test, and studies found that homes that met the new code requirements had fewer and less severe insurance claims following the storm.

Now some builders are going even further on safety and hurricane resistance, without the push of the state legislature. The new Paramount Miami Worldcenter, a $3.3 billion project slated for completion in Fall 2018, will feature the latest in flood prevention features.

“We started building this project realizing a hurricane would eventually hit Miami again,” says Daniel Kodsi, CEO and developer of Worldcenter.“We are building an entire modern infrastructure of storm drains. We built a foundation higher than any other project in Miami and added everything ‘hurricane resistant,’ from high-impact glass to auxiliary generators.”

After this latest show of force by Mother Nature, some brokers say it’s time to quit griping and get on board with strict building codes. “Condos were the big winner this round,” says local broker Alicia Lamadrid, noting construction codes played a large role in saving many newer condo projects during the storm. “We [brokers] need to embrace the codes and be more grateful and maybe less annoyed by these things.”

Call Miami Real Estate Lawyer Isaac Benmergui at 305.397.8547 and set up a no charge, no obligation consultation to discuss your case. We have over a decade of experience handling Real Estate and Civil Litigation cases throughout Miami and South Florida, and will use our expertise to help your case to the best of our abilities.


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