Building at the Beach

Find green building tips, energy-saving ideas, construction material recommendations, and weatherproofing guidelines for building on the coast.

Weatherproofing

Bracing for the elements is an inevitable part of living on the coast. Here are some tips to help you build to last.

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Connectors
Photo: Courtesy of FEMA

Ties That Bind

Connectors are designed to hold the frame of a house together in high winds. This is something a lot of us in regions outside of hurricane territory were slow to embrace. But ask folks in Florida or the coastal Carolinas. They'll tell you about grand beach houses blown apart in big storms because roof systems, walls, and foundations weren't tied together properly.

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