Advancements in hurricane building science, continuous code improvements, and the success of code-approved products have made it possible to design more resilient structures in hurricane zones. The widely acclaimed success of Babcock Ranch, a solar-powered community 32 km (20 mi) inland from Ft. Myers, is a testament to how far the building and testing industry has come.
Design professionals often work in isolation, with each discipline (architectural, structural, mechanical, and electrical) working exclusively on their own discipline, and only getting together after they have completed most of their individual design contribution to coordinate dimensions. Crucial data is unintentionally missed, and this can significantly affect the structural design of roof systems.
Drop-out ceilings provide an alternative to ‘poke-through’ sprinkler installations and avoid the need to install drops from sprinkler mains so sprinklers can penetrate the ceiling and discharge water into the room below. This enables drop-out ceilings to be used in situations where penetrating sprinklers are not the optimum solution.
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