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Small Task, Big Reward
Regardless of what the flood maps say today, the statistics show that flood zones will likely change during the service life of a home, making flooding an often inevitable consequence of coastal living. The answer, says building scientist Joseph Lstiburek, is to use drainable, dryable assemblies...
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Restoring Trust - School of Demolition - Tougher Codes - High Hazard Study - Storm-Tracking Tools
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It doesn't take a Category 5 hurricane to create a huge mold problem. Mold is rampant throughout the East and Gulf Coast regions. But coastal contractors need to know that mold is not toxic and does not cause diseases. It is simply an allergen that has to be dealt with accordingly.
Katrina by the Numbers
Dangerous Demolition - Gulf Renaissance - Insurance Rates to Climb - Named Storms Break the Record
The tremendous surge from Hurricane Katrina that washed across Lake Pontchartrain and swamped New Orleans also took a serious toll on the houses in Mandeville, La. Ted Cushman, who traveled to the region to lend a hand in the recovery, was there to document two historic buildings that stood tall...
Communities grapple with day-labor issues; Katrina wind-damage reports; roofing-tile installation manual; circ-saw recall; more
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