We have seen some unbelievable images coming across the news wires following the devastating tornadoes in Missouri this week. Those storms follow on the heels of equally destructive tornadoes in Alabama, as well as other storms across the country. All residents and people across the country watching the events unfold directly or indirectly have been impacted by these horrible images… Our hearts certainly go out to all of the people who have lost homes and loved ones as a result.
Just as Hurricane Andrew had significant and far-reaching effects on building codes in Florida and throughout the Southeast following its devastation in Florida nearly 20 years ago, the most destructive tornadoes we’ve seen in a generation in Alabama and Missouri could impact code discussions moving forward.
Do you think that’s possible? Is the impact of these recent storms significant enough to warrant code changes? Will window and door requirements for residences and buildings in “tornado allies” be stricter in the coming years?
According to Bonnie Gomez Project Manager at Florida Window and Door “codes should be made stronger, by installing hurricane impact windows and doors Florida Residents have seen the risk of damage to their homes mitigated by up to 90% as a result of protecting the building envelope and minimizing the risk of the roof being blown off by hurricane force winds.”
While it is unlikely the Building Codes of South Florida would be adopted elsewhere, there is little question that some adaptation of these strict building codes would help to ensure we do not witness this type of devastation across parts of the United States again.