[ExI] Hurricane-proof building

William Flynn Wallace foozler83 at gmail.com
Sat Sep 3 14:17:19 UTC 2022

Whatever happened to geodesic domes?  bill w

On Sat, Sep 3, 2022 at 5:32 AM BillK via extropy-chat <
extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote:

> On Sat, 3 Sept 2022 at 06:20, spike jones via extropy-chat
> <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> wrote>
> >
> <snip>
> >
> > OK then, in that sense hurricanes are a good thing.  Of course they wreck
> > stuff, but think of it this way: we can build things that stand up to
> > hurricanes.  It really isn't that hard.  So... if hurricanes are made
> more
> > numerous and more severe by warmer sea surface temperatures, which is
> caused
> > by global warming, and we figure out ways to build such that we can deal
> > with flooding and high winds and such, then global warming also has its
> > benefits: longer growing seasons, more water, more inhabitable land for
> > instance, but it requires that we build water control structures and
> > sturdier homes.
> >
> > That sounds a lot easier to me than struggling to stop global warming.
> >
> > spike
> > _______________________________________________
> I think you are under-estimating the cost of making property
> hurricane-proof.
> First you have to distinguish between hurricane-resistant and
> hurricane-proof.
> Hurricane-proof requires a complete rebuild - like round shaped houses
> to divert wind, reinforced walls, foundations, roof structure and
> unbreakable glass windows.
> The suction pressure of hurricanes can lift an entire house off the
> foundations, so the property must be tied down to the foundations.
> Cost estimate is about twice a normal house cost, plus demolition cost
> of previous property.
> Hurricane-resistant measures can be retro-fitted to existent houses
> but will not withstand a full-strength hurricane. These expensive
> measures must include a strengthened safe room or cellar as the house
> can still be severely damaged in a hurricane.
> Then there is the cost to protect large commercial and public
> buildings. You may have seen video of the roof being ripped off
> warehouses, etc.
> I think that both will be required.
> Stronger buildings and measures to reduce global warming.
> BillK
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