DuPont Launches Educational Web site on Hurricane-Resistant Construction Practices

DuPont has announced that it and several key partners in the building industry launched the interactive On-Line Help Center, which offers rapid access to information about hurricane-related building materials and code requirements.

The website, www.hurricaneconstruction.net, is part of the Hurricane-Resistant Construction Project, a four-part program sponsored in part by DuPont and designed to educate homebuilders, remodelers and building code officials in Gulf and Atlantic coastal states on hurricane and flood resistant construction codes and best building practices.

The On-Line Help Center is staffed exclusively by building industry experts who are proficient in building science and code related information. Resources on the site include forums and discussion groups on topics such as hurricane and flood-resistant buildings and up-to-date, state-specific building code information. In the "Ask An Expert" section, visitors can also get online answers to their hurricane-related building and code questions from building professionals.

The On-Line Help Center is another example of the DuPont commitment to provide builders and code officials with information and education, as well as hurricane-resistant building products, necessary to address the challenges of building in hurricane zones and enforcing new hurricane codes. Last month, DuPont and partners participated in LaHouse LIVE. Partners included Georgia-Pacific Corporation, Grace, Institute for Business & Home Safety, PGT® WinGuard®, WindsorONE™, Honeywell and Zinsser. The demonstration and educational seminar at LaHouse in Baton Rouge, La., kicked off the Hurricane-Resistant Construction Project. At LaHouse LIVE, almost 300 homebuilders observed installations and demonstrations of hurricane-resistant materials used in the construction of LaHouse, including DuPont™ SentryGlas®, the first glass interlayer to help windows and doors meet stringent hurricane building codes, DuPont™ StormRoom™ and DuPontTM Tyvek® HomeWrap®.

The Hurricane-Resistant Construction Project is designed to provide best building practices, code updates and other building science-related information. In addition to the On-Line Help Center and LaHouse LIVE, two other innovative resources are also available to help builders and code officials find and understand information related to hurricane-resistant construction. These include a Hurricane-Resistant Construction Guidebook designed for builders and code officials, and Code College Network, which is an Internet-based training program designed to train code officials and builders on code requirements, building products and building technology.


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