November 2007 Table of Contents

Breakline: Green Mandates Breakline: Green Mandates

Green Mandates ~ Mapping Disaster Read more

Coastal Building Resources Coastal Building Resources

Daunting as the coastal climate can be, the home-building industry has the capacity to construct homes capable of withstanding the ravages of hurricane-force winds, floods, home-crushing waves, incessant rain, high humidity, short drying cycles, scorching sun, and corrosive concentrations of salt. What's needed is the know-how from a number of different sources. The must-have titles gathered here provide a good representation of this collective knowledge and even point the way toward overcoming new perils looming on the horizon. Read more

Hurricane-Resistant Concrete Homes Hurricane-Resistant Concrete Homes

Following the 2004 hurricane season, Florida-based Mercedes Homes paired up with researchers at the DOE's Building America program to design and build a truly hurricane-resistant home. But as researchers and builders have come to understand only too well, a home that provides complete protection from an intense tropical storm must offer not just superior structural strength but also afford both greater resistance to wind-driven rain and improved post-storm recovery. William Zoeller explains the science behind the cast-in-place concrete Solid Wall System (SWS), and why it offers significant improvements over CMU construction. Read more

Letters Letters

Resisting Uplift Read more

Products Products

Pneumatic Shingle Knife ~ Cellular PVC Decking ~ Last Line of Defense ~ Closed-Cell Foam Sealant ~ Stable Shower Stall Read more

Raising Carolina Raising Carolina

As CEO of Stormont and Company Builders of Kitty Hawk, N.C., Paul Buske builds homes on the Outer Banks that are a far cry from the simple one-story cottages he spent summers in during the 1960s and 1970s. These typically wide, tall custom homes stand on piling foundations; include complex roofs, multiple levels, screened porches, and decks; and offer an amenity few would even have considered back in the '60s: an elevator. As Ted Cushman reports, an aging U.S. population, base flood elevation codes, and ADA regulations are making the residential elevator an attractive option for coastal homes. Read more

Soundings Soundings

Cupping Callback Read more

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