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.
Resiliency measures for hurricanes can help with tornadoes
Items like hurricane clips and reinforced windows could reduce or prevent damage on the edges of tornadoes
Architect Butch Grimes — who examined the wreckage after a half-mile tornado struck Tuscaloosa, Ala., — believes damage on the edge of even the strongest tornadoes can be reduced by adhering to hurricane resiliency standards. “The damage we had on the edges [of the tornado] could have been avoided with simple construction techniques,” Grimes told Scientific American. Hurricane clips are one potential quick fix. In Alabama, the clips are required for buildings built within 5 miles of the Gulf of Mexico but remain optional farther inland. Reinforced windows could be another effective measure.