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HURRICANE AND EARTHQUAKE PROOF ENGINEERING
HURRICANE PROOF ENGINEERING
Hurricane-related damages have risen dramatically in recent years. The six costliest disasters of 2020 occurred in the U.S, the worst of which was Hurricane Laura caused $13 billion in damage after it devastated parts of Louisiana in August.
Wind acting on the roof surfaces of a building can cause negative pressures that create a lifting force sufficient to lift the roof off the building. Once this occurs, the building is weakened considerably and the rest of the building will likely fail as well. To minimize this vulnerability, the upper structure ought to be anchored through the walls to the foundation.
Several methods can be used to anchor the roof. Typically, roof trusses are “toenailed” into the top of the walls, which provide insufficient force to resist high winds. Hurricane ties nail into the wall and wrap over the trusses to provide higher force resistance.
Hurricanes or tropical cyclones are one of the most destructive natural disasters. Anticipating these phenomena in the long term by designing hurricane proof buildings allows to reduce drastically the losses and to allow human and material safety on site.
With more than 25 years worldwide experience in storms, typhoons and cyclones in the Indian, Bahamian and Pacific areas, Global Wood Tech provides you proven hurricane proof technical solutions.
EARTHQUAKE PROOF ENGINEERING
Earthquakes are also one of the most destructive forces of nature. According to the U.S. National Earthquake Information Center, there is an average of 20,000 earthquakes each year in the world —16 of them being major disasters.
The seismic waves throughout the ground can destroy buildings, take lives, and costs tremendous amounts of money for loss and repair. That’s why, seismic loadings must be taken into account when designing structures and buildings.
Global Wood Tech analyses the structure of your buildings to seismic efforts requirements following the location of your project, and provides you proven earthquake proof solutions.