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Despite advanced meteorological tools & years of research, tornados, hurricanes, earthquakes and fire still have the capacity to destroy lives and homes. Learn to protect homes from natural disasters.

Innovative Products & Processes - Technology Inventory [Back to Top]

Consider using the products below to take advantage of their potential to provide one or more of the following in the homes you build: Affordability, Energy Efficiency, Quality & Durability, Environmental Performance, and Safety.

Emergency Power Backup Systems
High Wind- and Impact-Resistant Asphalt Roofing Shingles
Hurricane Resistant Façade Panels
Manufactured Housing Disaster-Resistant Pier Systems
Manufactured Housing Ground Anchor Systems
Prefabricated Storm Shelter
Shear Wall Panels
Steel Foundation Systems

Design & Construction Guides [Back to Top]

Guides for designing and building various types of construction

Central America and Caribbean Training Program - Construction Methods, Materials, Techniques and Community Planning
Guide for the Implementation of PL 102-522 for Fire Alarm and Automatic Sprinkler Installations
Guideline on Fire Ratings of Archaic Materials and Assemblies
Home Builder's Guide to Coastal Construction Technical Fact Sheet Series
Hurricane/Coastal Construction
Minimizing the Impact of Tornadoes
Tech Set 5: Storm-Resistant Roofing
Tech Set 7: Wind-Resistant Openings
Tips for Fire Retardant Construction
Best Practices [Back to Top]

General recommendations and accepted practices

Hurricane Preparedness for Builders
Natural Disaster Retrofit Improvements
Several Steps Required in Cleaning Flood-Damaged Homes

Performance Reports & Case Studies [Back to Top]

Evaluation of how products and systems perform in real life applications

The Performance of Perforated Shear Walls with Narrow Wall Segments, Reduced Base Restraint, and Alternative Framing Methods This report is part of an effort to develop, confirm, and enhance exterior shear wall design. The ultimate goal is to provide both safety and economy to housing construction in all wind and seismic areas in the United States.

Questions & Answers [Back to Top]

Frequently asked questions, answered by home building professionals

Do electrical switches, connections, receptacles, and wiring need to be replaced after flooding?
I am building a new home in California that could be subject to earthquakes. What steps should I take to protect the home?
I am building in a wooded area near a national forest. What should be done to protect the homes from the risk of wildfire?
I am starting a new subdivision near the West Coast of Florida. With all the recent hurricanes this past season, what should I do to protect the homes?
I built a house using steel studs instead of wood and am particularly concerned because it’s tornado season again. How do I get information on the sturdiness of the studs and where to go in the house if a tornado is coming?
In which regions of the United States are houses required to be designed for earthquake loads?
In which regions of the United States are houses required to be engineered to resist high wind loads?
Should ceramic tile adhered to concrete slabs be removed after flooding to avoid potential mold problems?
What do I need to know in order to develop a parcel of land near an area that recently had a wildfire?
What is the best practice for building in a flood-prone area?

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Recommended Web resources for additional information