Will an Increase in Climate Risks Affect Insurance?

Natural disasters are becoming more common as climate risks increase. Homes and neighborhoods all around the country are being affected by the record, wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters. Unfortunately because of these increasing risks, a good many insurance companies are decreasing their options, increasing premiums, and even not offering insurance in certain areas. Homeowners and home builders are feeling the effects as seen in the huge gap between insured and uninsured losses.

Because of this growing issue, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) began the Climate Change Insurance Task Force in 2021. The task force’s purpose was to study these issues and provide a recommended roadmap for the home building industry, focused on identifying gaps and challenges in current insurance products available to homeowners to cover losses from wildfires, flooding, earthquakes, extreme heat, and other climate-related losses and, identified alternatives and recommended next steps to ensure our members and their customers have access to appropriate insurance products.  Their final report was given to the Senior Officers in April 2022 and included introducing more options for multi-state insurance and looking into Congress forming an all-disaster reinsurance policy. This policy would then be supported by the federal government.

Due to the outcome of the study, NAHB will now start meeting with insurance trade groups to see how they stand with the NAHB’s high-priority recommendations. They will also develop resources and keep members at the Spring Leadership Meetings aware of any updates.

Through the communication and updates, NAHB is striving to resolve the insurance challenges. They will continually address the changing natural disasters and how they are affecting housing stock in the country. Their goal is to consistently explore the options that will help with these rising concerns at the local, state, and federal government levels.

Click Here For the Source of the Information.