John Banta
New Society Publishers | 2007 |PDF | 256 pages | 3 Mb

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We know how to prepare our homes for each seasonal change, but do we know how to prepare for climate change? Violent weather events like floods, tornadoes, ice storms, and hurricanes only tell part of the story. Climate change is frequently more subtle, but its effects on our homes and properties can still be devastating.

Nearly 50 percent of North America has a potential for structural damage from shifting moisture in expansive clay soils, a condition that is already costing billions of dollars each year. Humidity is projected to increase, trapping moisture in wall cavities and resulting in deterioration. As the climate changes and moisture levels adjust, there are a number of proactive steps that can be taken to prevent or lessen expensive repairs.

Extreme Weather is the only book of its kind that shows how to protect your home or business from climate change by focusing on the following areas:

Risk and causal assessment, due to region and soil
Extreme weather's rapid and slow effects
Site, foundation, wall, and roof considerations and modifications
Insurance options
Anticipated changes for the United States, Canada, and Mexico
Our homes are one of the most expensive investments we will ever make. They are also our refuge from the elements, and we must protect them so they can protect us. This book is a valuable resource for all property owners.


Chapter 1: Why Good Buildings Go Bad 11
Chapter 2: How Homes are Damaged by Climate Change 25
Chapter 3: Wind Storms 39
Chapter 4: Tornados 49
Chapter 5: Hurricanes 55
Chapter 6: Lightning 63
hapter 7: Hail 71
Chapter 8: Flooding 75
Chapter 9: Rising Temperatures 89
Chapter 10: Drought and Desertification 93
Chapter 11: Heat Waves 99
Chapter 12: Fires 103
Chapter 13: Expansive Soils 107
Chapter 14: Melting Permafrost 119
hapter 15: Rising Sea Level 123
Chapter 16: Trapped Moisture 129
Chapter 17: Freezing 141
Chapter 18: Ice Damming 149
Chapter 19: Frozen Plumbing 155
Chapter 20: Earthquakes 161
Chapter 21: The Building Site 165
Chapter 22: The Foundation 169
Chapter 23: The Walls 179
Chapter 24: The Roof 191
Chapter 25: Insurance, Financial Impacts and Assistance 197


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