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Protecting infrastructure from hurricanes:. Lessons learned about the importance and effectiveness of adopting and following modern building codes Tim Reinhold Institute for Business & Home Safety. Design Standards for Manufactured Housing. Pre- 1976 No standards, lots of singlewides

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Protecting infrastructure from hurricanes:

Lessons learned about the importance and effectiveness of adopting and following modern building codes

Tim Reinhold

Institute for Business & Home Safety

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Design Standards for Manufactured Housing

  • Pre- 1976

    • No standards, lots of singlewides

    • Generally very poor performance

  • 1976-1994

    • HUD Code, more doublewides

    • Two design levels – not tied to modern wind std.

    • Better performance but lots of damage

  • Post 1994

    • Wind zones 1-3

    • ASCE 7-88 loads and wind map

    • Clearly superior performance

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Strengthening Codes Works

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Attached Structures

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New Commercial Structure in Punta Gorda

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Older Commercial Structure across street in Punta Gorda

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Windborne Debris

Primary Sources:

  • Roofing Materials

  • Siding Materials

  • Vegetative Debris

  • Structural Components

  • Unsecured Items (Patio Furniture, Potted Plants, lawn ornaments, etc.)

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Elimination of Gravel Ballast

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Debris and Internal Pressures

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Punta Gorda City Hall & Annex

  • Mitigation Success

    • Annex in use

    • City Hall gutted

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Aggregate Losses for Charlotte County and Punta Gorda

  • All Building Permits: $1.8 Billion

  • Residential Garage Doors: $2.6 Million

  • Shingle Roofs: $114 Million

  • Tile Roofs: $87 Million

  • Residential Cages: $16 Million

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Roof covering and soffit failures lead to interior damage

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Roof Covering Failures - Tile

Tile Roof Damage

  • Tile insufficiently attached to roof deck:

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Continuing Problems: Garage Door Failures

  • Failed primarily due to lack of reinforcement and track bracing for design pressures

  • Some were also damaged by windborne debris

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Continuing Problems:Double Entry Doors

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Continuing Problems:Gable Ends

  • Gable End Failures

    • Sheathing loss

    • Un-braced gables

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Reducing Hurricane Risks & Losses

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  • Buildings built under the latest codes where enforcement was good – generally performed well structurally (some exceptions)

  • Keys are:

    • Good up to date code

    • Uniform and thorough enforcement

    • Builders and subs who understand and appreciate the risks

    • Special inspections for key functions

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Benefit-Cost Studies for Building Codes

  • Texas A&M Study for TDI Code

    • For individual provisions large variability

    • For system of provisions B-C ~ 4 to 7

  • Seismic Code Study for Utah and LA

    • B-C of 4.3 for Utah

    • B-C of 6 to 16 for LA

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  • Appropriate funds for National Windstorm Loss Reduction Program authorized last year

  • Increase support for NOAA / FEMA in wind field modeling

  • Increase support for NOAA in hardening and backing up ASOS stations

  • Add incentives for code adoption and enforcement

  • Add incentives for mitigation

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