How to build homes that can stand up to extreme storms

It is possible to design buildings that could withstand winds moving over 250 mph like those Typhoon Haiyan brought to the Philippines.

November 20, 2013

It is possible to design buildings that could withstand winds moving over 250 mph like those Typhoon Haiyan brought to the Philippines. However, cost may prevent most homeowners from adopting some of these design elements. Features that can improve wind resistance include hip roofs; metal tie-down (hurricane) straps that tie the roof structure all the way down to the foundation; various structural connectors that can dramatically reduce uplift; and limiting roof overhangs to about 20 inches.

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