Post Hurricane Maria there is heightened awareness of how we build Hurricane resilient buildings. We have unlearned our traditions in the way we build.
In those days [of old], our ancestors were not privileged to have satellites and advanced weather warning systems. They simply faced the monster hurricanes with no warnings. So they learnt how to minimize loss. Our traditional buildings have many elements to withstand the rigors of major hurricanes.
- A steep pitch roof generally 45 degree angles deflects the power of the wind.
- Minimum eaves deny the wind much of an area to get under the roof and provide uplift.
- Strong hurricane shutters that breathe and release pressure and protect openings from wind inflow and dangerous projectiles.
- The verandah, which is vulnerable, was built separate from the main roof.
- The use of wooden pegs and Mortise and tenant connections. These connections ensured that all aspects of the building are tightly fastened.