Of all natural disasters, hurricanes are among the deadliest and costly in the built environment. This is a two-day performance-level course which provides professionals with the knowledge and training necessary to develop and design hurricane resilient communities and hurricane resistant buildings. This workshop will discuss existing regulations and propose new standards for community planning and building design in hurricane-prone areas in our age of global climate change.
Course module topics include an introduction to hurricane science and history; design strategies against primarily the hurricane hazards of wind, water and debris damage; current and suggested zoning and building codes which address hurricane forces; unsuccessful and successful case studies of post-hurricane sites; a prototype plan and design of a hurricane resistant school and community shelter facility; and an innovative hands-on planning and design project.
Participants would be planning and zoning officials, building inspectors, emergency managers, engineers, architects, planners, contractors and other professionals in both the public and private sectors involved in the planning, design, construction and maintenance of urban areas.
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