The homebuilding industry’s post-hurricane season self-analysis continues. In Builder, Jennifer Goodman outlines some of the tips and building science-based guidance from a post-disaster study of Hurricane Harvey conducted by the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS). “Shuttering or protecting doors and windows, anchoring any structures attached to the home, and making sure the roof is in working order can go a long way in mitigating damage,” she writes. Some of the specific tips include sealing the gap between roof decking materials to prevent rain entering through the gaps and covering doors and windows with shutters or plywood to help reduce wind damage and water intrusion. Beyond these tips, the powerful hurricane season offers a reminder to builders and architects about the value of resilience, or the ability of homes to maintain functionality after a natural disaster or other disruption. Last month, the Propane Energy Update covered how choosing propane for power generation and other home systems can help make homes and buildings more resilient.

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