Contractors argue their costs have been increased, while code proponents say codes level the playing field.
Items like hurricane clips and reinforced windows could reduce or prevent damage on the edges of tornadoes
Adherence to codes could be the difference between saving or losing a house in a natural disaster
The latest Multifamily Production Index (MPI) increased three points to 53, which is the ninth consecutive quarter with a reading of 50 or above.
Sales of the most expensive 1 percent of homes in the country climbed 35.7 percent in 2013 and continue to increase.
The organization says the city's new tornado-based design philosophy should be an example for other communities.
Home builders worry the new requirements could raise the price of a new home $18,000.
The final format of the new standard is uncertain, but it could be zone-based or centered on an equation
Study indicates greater focus on disaster mitigation would lead to savings for taxpayers
Sales of newly built, single-family homes rose 6.4 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 433,000 units in April, according to data from HUD and the U.S. Census Bureau.