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Performance of Wood Structures in Housing

Design and structural concerns for hurricane resistant residences

Arguably, the most hurricane resistant house would be a square reinforced concrete bunker with thick walls and roof, few windows, and no overhangs. But who would ant to live there? In light of the two recent devastating hurricanes, and equally significant, the long history of tornadoes, the design and structuring of houses must transform so to adequately respond to the destructive forces without sacrificing the aesthetics or livability of our houses. A team of scientists are MSU are constructing such a house to serve as a demonstration and research project for homeowners, architects, and engineers. Scientists will focus on design and structural concerns; which address foundation, walls, overhangs, and roofing; energy efficiency, moisture control, termite and pest control.