FORTIFIED Gold includes all FORTIFIED Roof and Silver requirements and resists damage from category 3 hurricanes.
FORTIFIED Gold - Hurricane includes:
- Providing continuous load path connections between roof support members and load-bearing walls, between load-bearing and shear walls, above and below intermediate floors of multi-story homes, and between bottom floor bearing and shear walls down to the foundation.
- Adequately securing chimneys to the structure.
- Ensuring that windows and doors meet appropriate design pressures in addition to being protected from windborne debris.
- Ensuring that exterior walls are constructed using a wall system that provides, at a minimum, the resistance to wind pressures and debris impact provided by 7/16-inch thick OSB wood structural panels attached to wood wall framing.