August 2012 Table of Contents

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Florida County May Boost Impact Fees

As the building industry shows signs of life, the county is considering raising impact fees. Read more

Facing Premium Hikes, Florida Seniors Forego Windstorm Insurance

The Miami Herald is reporting that some Florida seniors are considering going without windstorm policies on their homes — or have actually allowed their insurance to lapse. Read more

Weather-Tight Door and Window Installation in a Coastal Environment

Three manufacturing industry groups for residential and commercial doors and windows have joined forces to create and release a new “standard practice" document for installing doors in the coastal environment. Read more

“An Old School Chain Saw Retrofit”: Old House Meets Passive House in Coastal Maine

Coastal Connection followed along as Belfast, Maine, builder Chris Corson built his first custom home designed to the strict Passive House standard for new construction. Read more

"Wall of Wind" Research Facility Is Up and Blowing

Florida International University researchers have launched their brand new hurricane-force wind simulation test facility. Read more

In New Jersey, A Newark Sawmill Taps the Urban Forest for Custom Products In New Jersey, A Newark Sawmill Taps the Urban Forest for Custom Products

CitiLog - a small custom sawmill operation that specializes in harvesting and "upcycling" the often neglected urban forest. Read more

Twenty Years Later, Florida Looks Back at Hurricane Andrew Twenty Years Later, Florida Looks Back at Hurricane Andrew

August 24th marked the 20th anniversary of the date that Hurricane Andrew made landfall on South Florida's Atlantic coast. Read more

On Katrina Anniversary, Isaac Takes Aim at New Orleans On Katrina Anniversary, Isaac Takes Aim at New Orleans

It's a mild year for hurricanes, so far. But as emergency managers like to point out, it only takes one hurricane to ruin your day. Read more

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