NIST recommends tougher standards for tornado resilience

New model building code standards are among the 16 recommendations of a report by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

December 11, 2013 |

Buildings in tornado-prone areas should be constructed to withstand strong winds just as hurricanes are factored into building codes in coastal areas, says a federal report examining the 2011 killer tornado in Joplin, Mo.

New model building code standards are among the 16 recommendations of a 492-page draft report released by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

Except for nuclear power plants, safe rooms, and storm shelters, “there are no standards for the tornado-resistant design of ordinary buildings and infrastructure” in this country, the report said. The agency recommends the development of national standards for the design of tornado-resistant buildings, and says those standards should be made part of local building codes.

(http://www.kansascity.com/news/local/article332249/Stronger-building-codes-could-have-saved-lives-in-Joplin-tornado-federal-report-says.html)

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