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Pilot project aims to boost wind protection of homes

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Pilot project aims to boost wind protection of homes

ST. THOMAS, ONT. — The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Doug Tarry Homes Ltd. are launching a pilot project aimed at increasing the resilience of homes during high wind and tornado events.

The pilot will result in the installation of risk reduction measures in 100 new homes in the Harvest Run community, located in St. Thomas, Ont.

Measures to be incorporated into the homes are based on research conducted at Western University in London, Ont. The pilot will focus on basic measures intended to assist in addressing key structure vulnerability factors that have been identified by academic research, states an Aug. 9 release.

The measures are intended to help protect both individual building structures and neighbouring buildings through reduction of flying debris during high wind and tornado events and will further serve to increase resilience of the community through reduction of time and resources required to recover in the event of a wind-related disaster, adds the release.

The pilot is expected to generate new information from the experience of the builders as they implement the wind resistance measures and will provide practical lessons relevant for the building industry across Canada.

“We recognize that climate change will result in more frequent and more severe extreme-weather events,” said Doug Tarry, of Doug Tarry Homes, in the statement.

“The result of this pilot project will be the field testing and improvement of construction details and techniques that will enable our industry to cost-effectively improve our roof-to-wall connections to be able to withstand the vast majority of high wind events that occur in Ontario.”

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