Fortress Homes

The new homes, which have the support of the insurance industry, aim to withstand hurricanes, floods and fires.

"Across the country, builders and suppliers are developing new products and techniques to assemble homes that are strengthened well beyond what building codes require. Some builders have been inspired by the powerful hurricanes that have struck the Gulf Coast in the past 15 months, causing billions of dollars in damage and leaving hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Others have their eye on earthquakes, blizzards or wildfires -- and often several at once."

Full Story: New 'Fortified' Homes Aim To Withstand Nature's Assaults

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