Rebuilding after a hurricane, storm or natural disaster can be a daunting task, and the last thing someone may want to think about is energy efficiency, yet rebuilding provides an opportunity to retrofit your building to be more resilient and energy efficient.
FSEC conducted extensive work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina with affordable housing providers. Although Katrina was nearly two decades ago, the rebuilding lessons and strategies are as applicable today as they were in 2005 and the following years.
Gulf Coast High Performance Affordable Housing Demonstration Project
Listed below are additional links to resources for rebuilding and resiliency retrofits.
Building America Solutions Center
Hurricane Retrofit Guide
Florida Division of Emergency Management, Bureau of Mitigation
This website focuses on construction details.
Wind Retrofit Guide for Residential Building
p. 26 CHAPTER 4: Technical Design and Construction Methods focuses on construction details for wind resistance and reducing water intrusion
p. APPENDIX D: References, Resources, and Links
Hurricane Damage Potential
An official website of the U.S. Government
Official FEMA Websites for Hurricanes
Hurricane Ian: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4673
Hurricane Nicole: https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4680
[Last updated: 03/14/2023]