Last month, I attended NAHB’s midyear meeting in Miami and had the pleasure of sitting in on a presentation by Daniel Swift, president and CEO of Des Moines-based architecture group BSB Design.
Researchers recommend new homes have safe rooms for tornado survival
New practices recommended in light of 2013 Oklahoma tornado
Researchers, including faculty and students from the University of Alabama, who studied the aftermath of a devastating 2013 tornado in Oklahoma, say simple design changes could improve the survivability of wood-frame structures during tornadoes. The researchers recommend that tornado-prone areas adopt more robust design standards similar to those used by coastal regions to help homes survive hurricanes. They also say the addition of safe rooms or storm shelters could help inhabitants survive twisters.