Masonry Council Urges Action to Prevent Storm, Fire Deaths, Injuries; Calls on Texas Cities to Enact Stronger Building Standards

Yahoo News-“Research at Texas Tech University and elsewhere has shown that only masonry or reinforced concrete walls can protect against lethal flying debris that might be encountered during a tornado with wind speeds up to 130mph,” said Mukaddes Darwish, PH.D., associate professor, Construction Engineering and Engineering Technology, at Texas Tech.

Texas municipal officials can and should do more to prevent wild fire and windstorm-related deaths and injuries by strengthening local building standards, says the Texas Masonry Council.

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“Research at Texas Tech University and elsewhere has shown that only masonry or reinforced concrete walls can protect against lethal flying debris that might be encountered during a tornado with wind speeds up to 130mph,” said Mukaddes Darwish, PH.D., associate professor, Construction Engineering and Engineering Technology, at Texas Tech.

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