Tuesday, October 16, 2018

House in Mexico Beach FL designed for 200 mph winds survives hurricane well

It looks like it costs “only” 25% more to build a house with concrete and steel (and on pillars) to survive a 200 mph hurricane.

Not too many windows are allowed.
Should building codes expect this for people who build houses on the beach?

Similar construction is possible in Tornado Alley.

 The Washington Post reports that low-cost reinforcements encouraged by building codes did save some other homes, and five homes on the coast built by Habitat for Humanity fared rather well (story).

By National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Aerial Survey - NOAA, Public Domain, Link

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