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					             NEW TECHNOLOGY TO RESIST
              STORM DAMAGE TO HOMES!
RISMEDIA, Sept. 27 -- One week before Hurricane Charley slammed into Florida's Gulf Coast, three
homeless families in Port Charlotte moved into new manufactured homes, built with the latest
technologies to resist storm damage. With the exception of minor roof damage in two of homes caused
by falling trees, all three homes survived Charley intact while others homes in the neighborhood were
seriously damaged.

Housing and Urban Development Assistant Secretaries Dennis Shea and John C.Weicher recently
joined representatives from the National Association of Home Builders and the Manufactured Housing
Institute to showcase the home at 3405 Douglas Road in Port Charlotte as an example of how
advanced building technologies can create safer, more durable and energy efficient housing.

"Today we see the proof that HUD's new construction standards for manufactured housing are creating
better and safer homes," said Shea. "Working closely with our industry partners, we can say that
properly installed manufactured housing is as safe and storm resistant as any other new home."

"HUD and the building industry learned several lessons after Hurricane Andrew," Weicher said.
"Today, HUD's new manufactured building standards are creating homes that are significantly more
hurricane resistant, giving families more peace of mind that they can weather any storm."

Following Hurricane Charley, two of the homes that were installed for the Charlotte County Homeless
Coalition suffered minor roof damage that was quickly and inexpensively repaired. Other homes in the
Port Charlotte community experienced much more significant damage and are still shrouded in blue
tarps awaiting repairs.

We were just so pleased to be able to provide a safe and affordable home for families with children,"
said the Coalition's Connie Thrasher. "After Charley, we can still say these homes are safe and
affordable."

HUD today also released new consumer information designed to help homeowners to repair and
rebuild their damaged or destroyed homes using the latest advanced building technologies (see
attached). In partnership with the housing industry, HUD is working to improve the safety, quality,
durability and affordability of manufactured homes through these advanced building technologies. For
more information about HUD's Partnership for Advancing Technologies in Housing (PATH) Program,
visit www.pathnet.org.

Following Hurricane Andrew in 1994, HUD developed new construction standards to significantly
increase the wind resistance and structural integrity of manufactured homes. Today, these new
standards along with new technologies such as "structural insulated panels" and "fiber cement
sheathing" are greatly improving the wind and impact resistance of manufactured housing. In addition,
HUD's new building standards and the industry's latest innovations are creating energy efficient homes
that are also termite resistant.

Meanwhile, HUD continues to study the performance of newly installed manufactured homes in real
world conditions. Since Hurricanes Frances, Charley and Ivan, HUD's initial assessment found the
newer on-site and manufactured housing preformed quite well. Homes fitted with impact resistant
windows, reinforced garage doors and hurricane shutters weathered the recent storms particularly well.
In addition, the Department is studying how to better improve the performance of roofs. Over the next
few years, HUD will study new roof systems in an effort to make roofing more disaster resistant,
durable and energy efficient.

More information about HUD and its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and
espanol.hud.gov.

TIPS in REBUILDING YOUR HOME

If your home was recently damaged in this year's hurricanes, it is important that the rebuilding process
be done properly to insure your damaged home can be built to withstand future storms. Choosing the
right contractor who uses the right building materials and who pays attention to construction details is
key to rebuilding your home.

Choosing a renovation or rehabilitation contractor is always a difficult process.

The best source of information is from ones you trust. Did you learn of the contractor from friends or
acquaintances? Have they had a good experience with the contractor?

Has the contractor been in the community a long time?

Is the contractor willing to give you number of recent references, not just one or two?

Ask if the contractor will rebuild all elements to the latest hurricane requirements in the building code

When working with the contractor here is some technical issue to consider. These recommendations
come from the PATH research.

Reduce dangerous uplift through the use of hurricane straps and clips. In hurricane-prone areas,
use hurricane ties or clips to connect the roof to the wall system, which helps keep the roof on the
home. Line up bracing and truss tie-down points, and anchor each level to the level below. Use light-
gauge steel straps to anchor the first story to the foundation. Over the years, hurricane ties had a 92%
success rate.

Wall bracing: Make sure that contractor in rebuilding walls uses a rated bracing material such as
oriented strand board or plywood.

Construction practices with durability in mind: Material durability is key to future disaster
resistance. Buy and install materials that will last. Also, attention to small details - lapping wall top
plates at intersections with interior walls and attaching sheathing to a common stud in corner
construction - can make all the difference, according to full-scale shear wall testing done by the NAHB
Research Center.

Proper nailing schedule: Size, type and placement are all factors. Inadequate nailing in older building
codes was implicated in the widespread roof sheathing damage in Hurricane Andrew. When inspecting
roof-sheathing nails, attention to a gable end truss is especially important.
Ring-shank nails: To secure sheathing panels in hurricane-prone areas with basic wind speed of 110
mph or greater, ring-shank nails are necessary for their higher withdrawal capacity.
Protection from wind-borne debris: Reduce forces on the structure and minimize water and wind-
related damages to the interior by protecting windows with approved shutters or properly fastened
wood structural panels in coastal homes that might experience a hurricane.

Proper garage doors. If your garage door needs replacement, make your that your new door is
reinforced to better resist hurricane force winds. Garage door failure opens homes to the full force of
hurricanes with often-catastrophic damage to the home.

Assure quality and energy efficiency. In the haste to rebuild and restore, avoid building practices and
materials result in homes and businesses that are not properly weatherized and energy efficient. By
properly flashing and sealing buildings, you will minimize future water damage and mold growth. By
selecting and properly installing energy-efficient HVAC equipment, lighting and appliances, and by
weatherizing the buildings, you will maximize resources and minimize your future energy bills.

For additional information on disaster resistant technologies and practices as well as other information
on building homes that are safer, more durable, energy efficient and affordable, visit the PATH website
at www.Pathnet.org.

RISMedia welcomes your questions and comments. Send your e-mail to: editorial@rismedia.com

				
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