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.
Project currently underway in Ithaca, N.Y., could be replicated in other locations with public financing.
City officials want homes to be able to withstand EF-2 or EF-3 tornadoes.
Initial testing looks promising for devices that researchers say could eliminate need for residential earthquake insurance.
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