Hurricane Proof Buildings


The structure and general design of a building plays a major role in protecting a building from hurricane risks. Technology has brought various methods. It helps the building to withstand strong winds and flooding. The technology allows beach front buildings and other buildings to withstand 20 feet of ocean waves. The building is elevated using concrete, steel and wood.

The buildings walls are also built with sheet rock. It allows water and winds to pass through. It is also referred to as gutting. Modern technology has allowed wind loading for the buildings roofing. The building’s roof is anchored to the walls. Hurricane proof buildings also use earth sheltering technology where the earth’s is used against the walls to exert thermal mass. It reduces the heat therefore maintaining a safe haven in case of a hurricane. Concrete is also used for protecting buildings against pounding and flying debris. It is used together with reinforced metal.

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