Florida Hurricane Research Advisory Council Accepts Final Reports on Storm Damage Building Code Research

Jul 12, 2013


A component of the Florida Building Commission, the Florida Hurricane Research Advisory Council met in late June 2013 to accept final reports on research performed by the University of Florida and the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. 

To view the meeting documents, click here.

Hyperlinks to the four final reports are provided below, along with a brief explanation of each:

Maintenance of data collection and transport equipment as necessary for measuring intensity of land-falling hurricanes and documenting damage.

  • Field data collection preparation, inclusive of updating  the existing database of Florida residential buildings inventory by year of construction to allow targeting of damage assessment teams; training of personnel on data collection protocols and tools; purchase and organize data collection and recording equipment including cameras, documenting equipment and software for database construction; and other essential  pre-approved items.

Investigation of the susceptibility of shingle and tile roof systems to failure in high winds.

Investigation of the susceptibility of shingle and tile roof systems to failure in high winds

  • Roof Tile Systems:  Research on the wind-loading of hip and ridge tile attachments.  The findings supplement research conducted during 2011-2012 directed at the installation of field roof tiles on low-rise buildings located in high-wind areas.

Research related to rain deposition on building façades.  This research supports the American Society of Civil Engineers Task Committee on Wind-Driven Rain Effects, which is developing serviceability requirements for wind-driven rain penetration resistance of buildings.

  • A report is being written that provides guidelines for the design and installation of building products and systems intended to prevent water ingress from wind-driven rain.  These guidelines are intended to assist in determining combinations of pressure loads and wetting requirements for these systems.


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