An Evaluation of Present-Day Hurricane Resistant Building Codes

Herbert S. Saffir


A review of existing "model" building codes and regional building codes in hurricane-prone areas in the U.S.A. is presented. Some of the shortcomings and misconceptions involved in establishing hurricane resistant design and construction criteria are pointed out. Generally, weak points are found (a) in the specified details of construction or lack thereof, (b) in curtainwall, cladding and window design criteria and construction requirements, and (c) in those foundation designs for structures within 1,500 feet of the high-water line.

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