Florida ranked top in the nation for its building codes, according to a new report that cited newer construction better withstanding hurricane damage.

The nation’s biggest hurricane target unseated the previous top state, which had been Virginia, for the top ranking, according to the building-code survey by the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety. The only thing coming between Florida and a perfect score this year was the state’s lack of continuing education requirements for building officials.

“One of our messages is that we shouldn’t roll back what we’ve got,” said Julie Rochman, president of the institute, which is based in Tampa. “That’s really important.”

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