27 Dec '15, 7am

Design for Adaptation: Living in a Climate-Changing World - BuildingGreen

Design buildings to survive extreme winds. The Miami-Dade County Hurricane Code has done a great deal to lessen storm damage in Florida. This sort of code should be adopted much more widely (not just in hurricane-prone areas) to protect buildings from the more severe storms that are expected. Examples of specific measures that impart good wind resistance to a building include installing impact-resistant windows (compliant with Miami-Dade Protocols PA 201, PA 202, and PA 203) or exterior shutters; installing outward-opening doors that are less likely to be pushed inward in intense wind; designing walls to resist uplift using hurricane strapping and other metal fasteners that provide a continuous load path from foundation to roof (see photo above); anchoring walls properly to foundations or frost walls; designing walls to resist shear and lateral forces using engineered wall...

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