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Builders learn of new wind standards
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Diagram shows counties and their wind-rating guidelines for new construction that takes effect July 1. - photo by Graphics provided
The Long County Code Enforcement Office hosted a class Wednesday regarding new requirements for builders that take effect July 1.
The Georgia Department of Consumer Affairs provided the training, and the instructor was Gregori Anderson of the Department of Building Safety and Regulatory Services.
The major topics were new requirements for upgrading one- and two-family dwellings to make them more resistant to high winds.
The new guidelines will require coastal counties, such as Chatham, McIntosh, Glynn, and about 50 percent of Liberty County, to build new homes with a design criteria for winds of up to 110 mph.  
For counties including Long, Wayne, Brantley, and the other half of Liberty, the requirement will now be up to 100 mph.
Some of the specific areas covered were interior and exterior footings, stem-wall foundations, floor bracing at end walls and balloon framing.
“It was an excellent class, and from a safety aspect it is definitely the way to go,” homebuilder Joe Raymer of RMR Associates said.
Leonard Poole of Poole’s Framing noted, “It was a great class and it covered a lot we need to know. Everyone needs to be doing this to protect themselves.”
Contractors came from all over the area, and according to Code Clerk Michelle Poppell, 34 people were in attendance.
Some of the areas represented included Hinesville, Jesup, Statesboro and Glenville.
According to Anderson, several of the contractors stated they were already building to the new specifications, and a few others said they were familiar with them.
“This was a good turnout, and there was a lot of good questions and the feedback was only positive,” Anderson said.
Code Enforcement Officer John Bradley cooked a barbecue lunch for all present, and also had coffee and donuts available.
“I think it turned out great. There was a lot of input from the class, and now everyone will be on the same sheet of music, with these changes,” Bradley said.
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