Wind & Seismic
Our OTechnology designs are built to withstand wind and seismic loads, exceeding the requirements of every state and local code in the United States. In addition, we can accomodate special requests for higher loads, or reduced loads fine-tuned for specific climates and budgets. If the location of your home or building is in high wind territory, or it is located near a coastal area that is subject to hurricane-force winds, or you live in an area at risk for tornadoes or earthquakes, we can help you find the best design for your needs.
Wind can tear the roofs from buildings, rip siding from exterior walls, and throw debris through windows. Falling trees can crush roofs and walls. Of course, hurricanes and tornadoes generate exceptionally destructive winds. But high winds can happen anywhere, and strike during many types of storms. Protecting against high winds from storms if you live in an area of concern is a necessity.
Similar to the typhoon or ocean wave, earthquakes are natural activities. But they still pose a great threat for people all over the world. Designing buildings to withstand wind and seismic events that happen periodically is important to protect the lives and properties of us all.
Health and / or Social Benefits
Your safety is our top priority—and to protect the people, animals, and property in and around structures during high wind and seismic we recommend the add-on wind and seismic features if you live in a high-risk area. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends the following to help a community against extreme weather such as wind and seismic conditions:
- Increase energy efficiency to offset increases in energy consumption due to warming
- Protect facilities against extreme weather events
- Diversify power supply in the event of power plant failures due to excess demand created by extreme heat, or by extreme weather events.
We offer all of these features in our OTechnology designs.
The current economy makes it more difficult to encourage countries, companies, and individuals to invest in more costly construction techniques such as wind and seismic protection. But investing upfront in this higher level of construction will save you from disaster over the long term.
Extreme Weather Conference in New Zealand
Climate Change Website, 2011
How Big Was That Quake?
Teaching Quantitative Skills in the Geosciences Website
Lesson 3. Protecting Against Wind Damage
Wind-Induced Damage To Buildings and Disaster Risk Reduction
The Seventh Asia-Pacific Conference on Wind Engineering, November 2009
Climate Change Impacts and Adapting to Change
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency