29 Oct '12, 2pm

Discussion of #resilient bldgs especially important today. Our recent piece on fortifying homes for natural disasters

Discussion of #resilient bldgs especially important today. Our recent piece on fortifying homes for natural disasters

Property losses from hurricanes and other natural disasters are on the rise, due to more weather events and higher rebuilding costs. In fact, 9 of the top 10 costliest storms in the U.S., led by Hurricane's Katrina's $108 billion in estimated damages, have all occurred since 2000, joining 1992's Hurricane Andrew. Enlarge Close Resiliency has become the new buzzword in the green building movement, with definitions ranging from off-grid energy independence to improved structural durability. The Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), a non-profit advocacy group for hazard-resistant construction practices, is out to define the term for building codes and federal legislation while promoting better building practices. To make its case, IBHS engineers simulate certain high-wind events with full-scale buildings against current and upgraded residential building code...

Full article: http://www.ecohomemagazine.com/green-building/resiliency-...

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