The year 2017 seemed to have been the year of the disaster. Stories of fires, hurricanes, and floods filled our newsfeeds, and streamed from radios and TV across the country. Discussions about Canada’s disaster preparedness also increased in frequency as a result.
Today, there are advanced building technologies and products in existence that can go a long way toward disaster-proofing commercial buildings and homes in North America. While not widely used at present, the recent spate of disasters in North American could act as a catalyst in the standardized implementation of such technologies in the near future.
Here are some building technologies that may eventually become part of new home builder disaster prevention strategies.
A Las Vegas green building materials company in Las Vegas, called GigaCrete has devised with an ingenious process for creating homes that are virtually fireproof. Their method is based on an interlocking modular construction style. GigaCrete uses steal-framed systems that are constructed from non-flammable, recyclable materials.
Additionally, the company uses non-flammable, proprietary coatings and a special plaster that, when layered can create a home that is not only fireproof, but also bulletproof, waterproof, and highly insulated.
Researchers at the University of British Columbia have developed an earthquake resistant concrete. This spray-on concrete allows masonry walls to withstand three times the force of Canada’s strongest earthquake.
Nine earthquakes with a magnitude of 7 or greater have occurred in Canada over the last 100 hundred years, with approximately 5,000 small quakes taking place in the country every year.
Tornado and High Winds Resistance
According to Environment Canada research, Canada experiences an average of 62 tornados each year, with Saskatchewan experiencing the highest number of occurrences, closely followed by Alberta and Ontario. What this means is that tornados are a concern for a large portion of Canada’s population.
Homes built in provinces impacted by hurricanes should take into consideration a need for structures that are better able to withstand the force of tornados and strong winds. This means the use of concrete block, opting for hip roofs rather than gabled roof designs, and choosing a steel roof over traditional asphalt.
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