Originally Posted By: gromicko
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(September 30, 2004) – Building industry firms are developing techniques to make homes and businesses disaster-proof as more and more storms ravage regions across the nation.
Building codes are being strengthened across the nation, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency notes that 75 percent of all homes in the U.S. experience some form of natural disaster damage.
Metal and asphalt are being used in roofing to reduce impact damages, and some firms are developing window coverings that are easier to remove and install before hurricanes hit. Wayne-Dalton Corp. has begun selling a light-weight plastic-coated cloth called Fabric Shield, while SentryGlas, developed by DuPont, is impact resistant and can withstand heavy winds.
DuPont is also pilot testing a safe room kit from Kevlar, which is strapped to the home's foundation and allow homeowners to ride out tornadoes and hurricanes in safety. In various states, insurers are being forced to provide incentives to homeowners that install safer building materials, such as impact-resistant roofs.
Source: Wall Street Journal (09/30/04); Kim, Queena Sook
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