Last year, nearly 30 percent of new homes in the U.S. had partial or full basements, according to the Census Bureau’s Survey of Construction.
Green building standards can help buildings become more storm-resistant
While they can be more expensive, green homes are built to last because they are often constructed with stronger, more sustainable materials.
Structures built to green standards have added resilience to destructive storms because green buildings are often constructed with stronger, more sustainable materials than traditional buildings. Some LEED-certified roofs, for instance, use highly reflective, energy-efficient materials such as steel or aluminum on at least 75 percent of the roof’s surface. These materials are some of the strongest, most durable, and fire-resistant materials available. These roofs can be more expensive, but they are made to withstand hurricane level winds and don’t need to be replaced as soon.
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