Tornadoes have struck the Midwest with a vengeance this year, killing dozens of people and causing widespread destruction of property. In the city of Moore, Oklahoma, a tornado with winds topping 200 miles per hour struck on May 20, reducing whole neighborhoods to rubble.
Many homeowners will rebuild, so what should their new houses look like? In a post at GreenBuildingAdvisor’s Q&A forum, David Gregory raises that question.
“The likelihood of another direct hit is tiny,” Gregory writes “The biggest opportunity is improvements in comfort and reduced energy consumption. But durability, I’m sure, is on people’s minds, while costs are, of course, an issue.”
Questions that Gregory finds important concern the design and construction of tornado safe rooms, construction details for roof overhangs, the costs and benefits of roll-down metal shutters to protect windows, and whether attics should be vented or unvented.
“I wanted to tap the collective intelligence to work through how to build back better (or retrofit surviving homes for resilience), both in terms of ‘what’ and ‘how’ — especially, to discuss what is locally appropriate and cost-effective, specific technical resources, etc., given the unique and extreme conditions in Oklahoma.”
Tapping online resources
GBA senior editor Martin Holladay, Lucy Foxworth, and Trevor Trainor point to a number of Web resources that can help people decide the specifics of rebuilding their homes.
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