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Assessment of Damage to Single-Family Homes Caused by Hurricanes Andrew and Iniki , 1993
This document identifies measures for improving the wind-resistant qualities of the single-family housing stock. Note: This technical document is most relevant to housing researchers. Because of the file size, a fast internet connection is recommended.

Flood Recovery Recommendations

PATH Technologies that Benefit Fire Reconstruction Efforts in California
Technologies to increase the fire resistance of the home or development, reduce the time it will take to redevelop and rebuild, reduce the cost of rebuilding. Some of these technologies even increase earthquake resistance.

The Guideline on Fire Ratings of Archaic Materials and Assemblies February 2000
Compilation of fire ratings from earlier sources for a wide variety of materials and assemblies found in buildings from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries.

Reliability of Conventional Residential Construction: An Assessment of Roof Component Performance in Hurricane Andrew and Typical Wind Regions of the United States
In this study, the experience of conventional residential construction is evaluated with respect to the performance of roof components and the risks associated with the actions of wind.

Homeowner's Insurance as a Tool for the Adoption of Innovation January 2001
Evaluates whether the decision to construct a home that uses technology to mitigate damage from insured events can result in discounted insurance premiums for homeowners.

In-Plane Shear Resistance of Insulating Concrete Form Walls
The efficient use of shear walls in residential construction subjected to wind and seismic loading is of great interest to designers and builders of homes in high hazard areas of the United States. The purpose of this research program was to evaluate the performance and predictability of concrete shear walls constructed with the three major ICFs used in residential construction: flat, waffle-grid, and screen-grid.

Northridge Earthquake Effect on Manufactured Housing in California June 1994
This report describes the results of an investigation into the nature of manufactured home failures caused by the January 17, 1994 Northridge earthquake.

New Madrid Seismic Zone: Overview of Earthquake Hazard and Magnitude Assessment Based on Fragility of Historic Structures May 2003
A study commissioned by HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research (PD&R) and PATH provides an overview of the seismic hazard characterization procedures used in the New Madrid Seismic Zone (NMSZ). Results of this study confirm the high level of seismic hazard in the NMSZ and the need for continued attention to, and consideration of, adequate mitigation measures.

Wind-Borne Debris: Impact Resistance of Residential Glazing January 2002
The objective of this research was to provide needed data on the fragility (i.e., impact magnitude vs. glass breakage probability) of typical residential glass using field-observed and standardized missile types representing wind-borne debris.

The Ten Most Wanted: A Search for Solutions to Reduce Recurring Losses From Natural Hazards Fall 2001
Forty-two experts on specific natural hazards and broad aspects of natural disaster reduction contributed to a two-day workshop entitled "The Ten Most Wanted: A Search for Solutions to Reduce Recurring Losses from Natural Hazards". This report outlines the ten solution sets the experts recommended, along with the priorities they assigned for reducing recurring losses from the disaster agents generated by six kinds of natural hazards.

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