The hurricanes that the East coast has experienced over the last few years have had a profound impact on building practices for our state. In the aftermath of these events, learning takes place that enables individuals and authorities to make decisions about how to lessen the severity of damages from future such occurrences.

In North Carolina, the residential building code specifies minimum requirements for components and installation techniques utilized in high wind zones, such as along the coast. These requirements cover doors and windows, footings, wall and foundation anchorage, wall construction, structural bracing, masonry wall construction, and roof tie downs. For instance, doors and windows used along the coast must carry at least the minimum DP (design pressure) rating specified by the code. The window unit or door must have been tested by the manufacturer and certified to be capable of withstanding at least the wind velocity noted in the code to qualify for the DP rating.

These requirements increase construction costs, but are intended to reduce the occurrences of damage, and the severity of damage, from tropical storms and hurricanes.  Inspection departments, engineering and design firms, and insurance companies all contribute data that goes into the research behind wind code requirements and the locales in which they are applied.

As a custom home specialist, The Farlow Group is thoroughly versed in code requirements for our coastal area, and best practices for installation of materials and components. Sometimes a client will have an architect from outside the coastal area to design their home or addition, and we are happy to work with those professionals to assist them with any specific information they may need to be certain the plans meet code requirements for permitting.