December 2012 Table of Contents

Contents
A Catastrophe Adjuster’s Perspective

Thousands of homeowners and businesses face the challenge of recovering from that destruction, and the first line of defense for many is their flood insurance. Read more

Sandy Recovery Effort Struggles In a Political Season Sandy Recovery Effort Struggles In a Political Season

Emergency legislation to provide funding for hurricane recovery is bogged down in the lame-duck Congress, as Democrats and Republicans spar over the details Read more

Sea Level Rise Report has Delaware Pondering the Future Sea Level Rise Report has Delaware Pondering the Future

Low-lying Delaware is one of the Atlantic Coast states with a major exposure to ocean flooding, and sea level rise could damage the state badly. Read more

Testing Florida's Gable-End Retrofit Rules Testing Florida's Gable-End Retrofit Rules

Since 2007, Florida has required contractors to reinforce the wall-to-roof connection during some remodeling or re-roofing work. Read more

After Sandy, New Flood Maps will Reflect Rising Risk After Sandy, New Flood Maps will Reflect Rising Risk

New York City authorities are planning to re-draw the maps that define the areas in the city at risk from flood. Read more

After Repeat Floods, Rebuilding Better

Rebuilding will not mean simply putting back what was there — in many cases, homes will have to comply with tougher standards than before. Read more

A Tale of Two Estimates

The methods insurance estimators use are a far cry from the way most contractors estimate. Read more

Sandy Aftermath: Understanding the Insurance Game

Hurricane Sandy has generated hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of paying work for residential contractors, but that work is not going to be easy — and the money to be made is not going to be easy money either. Read more

In Sandy Aftermath, Businesses Step Up to Help

While FEMA has spent or at least authorized hundreds of millions of dollars in relief, the government's resources do have limits. Read more

New York City Still Struggling to Recover

Almost six weeks after Hurricane Sandy slammed into New York City, parts of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and Staten Island are still reeling from the blow. Read more

Maine Passive House Builder Tweaks His Package

Chris Corson is working on another Passive House — this time, with a more ample budget, and a more complex design. Read more

Jersey Shore: "It's Like Somebody Called In an Air Strike." Jersey Shore: "It's Like Somebody Called In an Air Strike."

Life has changed radically for residents of the New Jersey barrier island towns, and for the contractors who work there. Read more

Outer Banks: Repairing a Frail Lifeline, Cut by Sandy (Again) Outer Banks: Repairing a Frail Lifeline, Cut by Sandy (Again)

One of Sandy's impacts is still being felt a month later: the storm cut North Carolina Route 12, the slender link between the barrier island chain and the mainland. Read more

Sandy's Aftermath: "There are Two Long Islands" Sandy's Aftermath: "There are Two Long Islands"

A few miles inland, where the winds were moderate and the flood waters did not penetrate, life is back to normal for most people. But on the shores, the trouble is just beginning. Read more

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