Cloudy with a Chance of Destruction – Protecting from Wind

Program Number: COR800
Program Credit: 1 Hour - 1.0 AIA/CES Learning Units / HSW
Delivery: Lecture / Slide Presentation with Competency Component – Projection screen or area required.
Cost: None. Cornell will bring this program to architectural firms or chapter meetings.
For AIA LU credit, AIA membership numbers will be required following the program.

Learning Objective

Escalating natural disasters have caused billions of dollars in structural damage to the United States and its territories in recent years, especially in 2017 with Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. Hurricanes, typhoons, tornadoes and other weather events with high winds have a devastating effect, wreaking havoc on infrastructure, along with residential and commercial structures. Topics include how to balance function with aesthetics and ways to address new and future regulations.

  • Detail the importance of fortifying building openings in wind-prone areas.
  • Understand the difference between operable and static wind load ratings, and what it means for the rest of the building.
  • Identify how necessary function can meet aesthetic objectives using coiling doors vs. traditional swing doors
  • Understand new regulations, particularly those recently introduced in the mid-states.