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Building hurricane-proof roofs

from FIU Magazine

A Florida International University professor has a plan to get rid of the blue tarps that inevitably appear on rooftops after a hurricane. Arindam Gan Chowdhury has patented a concrete roofing system that aims to replace the hundreds of individual shingles or barrel tiles, not to mention thousands of nails as well as plywood sheathing and wooden trusses, that often put housetops at risk. “Why have so many elements?” the civil engineer asks. “Any weak link creates a domino effect,” with a small break or a misstep in installation potentially escalating into serious damage. more

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