|Michael Chusid, RA FCSI CCS|
Post Number: 436
|Posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 - 05:10 pm: |
When Hurricane Michael devastated Mexico Beach, FL, at least one house survived without significant damage due to the owners deciding they wanted and were willing to pay an additional 15 to 20 percent for extra high building performance.
According to reports, the owners say, "We built it for the big one." They went beyond the state building codes, for example:
-- Code required house to withstand 120-mph winds; they built for 240mph winds.
-- Instead of 30-foot pilings, they went 40 feet and found the incremental cost was not much.
-- Steel cables go from the girders above the pilings through the roof and continue down the other side of the back wall.
This is a great case study for everyone in design and construction.
Michael Chusid, RA FCSI CCS 1-818-219-4937