Securing the Roof Truss System

Project: Storm-Ready Housing, Episode 2, Part 1



Bob reviews progress on the container house, noticing the truss-roof system attached to the steel frame. Bill York and Rob Davis from the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) explain how the roof is attached to the frame with welded bolts and hurricane straps. Once sheathed in plywood, this roof will withstand winds up to 140 miles per hour. The PGT WinGuard windows are also code-compliant and feature double-pane energy-efficient, and impact-resistant, glazing to keep the home's envelope intact. Also, in addition to visiting the historic neighborhoods of St. Petersburg, FL, Bob meets with Kelly Cafarelli of the Home Depot Foundation and Todd Pittman of Neighborworks to discuss their efforts to build affordable homes and sustainable neighborhoods, like this one, across the whole country.
Part 1: Securing the Roof Truss System
Bob talks with Bill York and Rob Davis of FLASH (Federal Alliance for Safe Homes) about the storm-resistant roof truss system. Bob explains how the roof is constructed and tied down onto the structure to resist wind uplift and damage during a storm.
Part 2: Installing Impact-Resistant Windows
Part 3: Historic Neighborhoods of St. Petersburg
Part 4: Revitalizing Bartlett Park
Bob Vila is in St. Petersburg, FL, learning how to create affordable, energy-efficient, storm-ready housing from recycled steel shipping containers. Bob and the team build a roomy, single-family home that improves this once-blighted neighborhood and creates opportunity for first-time homeownership.

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