Final Case Study Report [.pdf, 1.2 MB] August 2005
Teaming with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, PATH is contributing to making houses safer in hurricane-prone regions of the country. This project, with Mercedes Homes, a local production builder, focused on making poured concrete homes that are more resistant to hurricane-force winds. The goal of the project was to demonstrate mitigation strategies and technologies, and also to incorporate better building practices that add to life safety and property preservation.
The project had two phases. In the first, team members such as Mercedes, Fannie Mae, FEMA, PATH, the Florida Energy Extension Service at the University of Florida, and Steven Winter Associates studied the various products, technologies, construction methods, materials, and strategies to improve a home's hurricane resistance. In the second phase, a select package of mitigation technologies and quality assurance strategies were implemented in two demonstration homes built on sites in Rockledge, Florida. The homes are being monitored and studied, and a "package" of strategies are being developed that provide the best investment for hazard mitigation. This package has been offered as a way to reduce insurance premiums through leading Florida underwriters.
- Disaster Resistance: Prototype Wind-Storm Resistant Concrete House
- Concrete Formed Home
- Hurricane Straps with Direct Load Path
- Removable Hurricane Shutters
- Baffled Roof Vents
- Wind-Driven-Rain Resistant Fascia and Soffit
- Self-Adhered Secondary Roof Drainage Plane
- Paper-less Mold-Resistant Gypsum Board
- Generator-Ready Electrical Panel
- High-Performance Masonry Coating
- Residential Light-Gauge Steel
- Spectrally Selective Glazing
- HVAC Sizing Practices
This project has been completed.
Melbourne Demonstration Site is featured in an article in the July 2005 issue of
Content updated on 9/13/2006