House of Straw Resistant to Tornadoes?

Discovery News - Architect Joseph Bilello's experiments using the “tornado cannon” at Texas Tech University suggested that straw bales could be used to make tornado-resistant homes. The tornado cannon shoots 2x4's at up to 100 mph at structures to test their resilience to projectiles flung by a tornado. At that speed wood beats rock. The blazing-fast boards shoot though brick walls and straw bales alike.

The Big Bad Wolf huffed, puffed and blew down a pig-built straw house, but the windy wolf might have met his match in a modern straw bale house. With some design specializations, a straw bale house might even be able to survive a tornado, like the one that recently killed 24 people in Oklahoma.

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Architect Joseph Bilello's experiments using the “tornado cannon” at Texas Tech University suggested that straw bales could be used to make tornado-resistant homes. The tornado cannon shoots 2x4's at up to 100 mph at structures to test their resilience to projectiles flung by a tornado. At that speed wood beats rock. The blazing-fast boards shoot though brick walls and straw bales alike.

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