Resilient Housing

Resilient Housing

In the face of nature’s powerful forces, creating tough housing that can handle nature’s extremes is a must whether for earthquakes, heavy storms, flooding or fires.

Flexible stem walls and other details can give a structure a fighting chance when “the big one” hits. Videos, articles and documents will show you where to focus your energy.

From tie-down clips to shutters and shatter-resistant garage doors, we’ll look at practices and tools that make a home much more resistant to heavy storms.

The use of proper details, products and careful siting can greatly reduce the damages caused by flooding.

Where wildfires are concerned, taking proper precautions is crucial both for your family and your home.

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Will We Be Ready When the Killer Quake/Tsunami Comes?
It's part of the Pacific "Ring of Fire," and Kathryn Schulz predicts “could be our worst natural disaster ever.” What are we doing about it? I have become a fan of the award-winning writer Kathryn Schulz. She is fluent in several languages, was editor for the environmental magazine Grist and is now a staff writer for The New Yorker. In this last capacity, she has just written...
Jul 21, 2015 7:30 AM ET
Resilience During Earthquakes Begins With Being QuakeSmart
LIVING IN THE SEATTLE AREA you may hear about the next "big one" we're due for. Whether it happens in the next year or 30 years from now, I want to make sure I'm prepared. And I want to help the businesses and the people around me be prepared as well. I recently attended the QuakeSmart Earthquake Business Preparedness Summit hosted by Simpson...
Jul 14, 2015 7:00 AM ET
Protecting From Lightning Strikes
On April 9, a house in the town of Mukwonago, Wisconsin was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. Less than a week later, in San Antonio, Texas, another home was destroyed by lightning while another in Manor, Texas was one of three to be struck by lightning in the same night. According to the National Weather Service and the Insurance...
Jun 3, 2015 7:30 AM ET
The Resilient Design Guide is Here
The recent devastation in Nepal, flooding in Peru and wildfires in Australia prove the need to build resilient housing is more important than ever. Currently there are about 30 million households in wind zones of 100 mph or greater. Most of these are located on the East Coast and SE regions of the U.S. Building to code is not enough. The Federal...
May 19, 2015 6:00 AM ET
Resilient Housing and Survivability
The devastation from the recent earthquake in Nepal extends far beyond the region’s boundaries—the geological event has shaken the very core of the global community. In its aftermath, this disaster—one in a string of increasingly frequent nature-based tragedies—has brought to light how essential resiliency is to survivability, and how vulnerable and fundamentally unprepared we...
May 7, 2015 6:00 AM ET