Contractors assoc. providing courses on hurricane-proof construction techniques

While it may be another several weeks or months before residents on Abaco and East Grand Bahama are able to begin rebuilding their homes and businesses on those storm-ravaged islands, the Bahamian Contractors Association (BCA) is currently formulating a series of training courses for contractors and homeowners on how to properly rebuild in light of the increasing severity of hurricanes.

BCA President Michael Pratt said his organization has met with a number of local and international non-governmental and

quasi-government organizations to discuss the training courses that would be provided.

“We’ve met with a number of NGOs to discuss the reconstruction. We’ve meet with stakeholders like NEMA (National Emergency Management Agency), Engineers Without Borders and the UNDP (United Nations Development Programme). What we have recommended is that we provide training courses. Right now, we are still waiting on a response from them but we have been following up,” Pratt said in an interview with Guardian Business.

“This would be courses like basically what a homeowner should expect from the contractor. Also when they look at what’s being done, give them an idea of what has happened and give them an idea about mold remediation and what hurricane clips look like and how they should be installed. The necessary questions to ask their contractors, also how to properly install windows and the right amount of nails that hurricane clips need and the type of nails that should be used for hurricane clips.”

Pratt said although it is nothing new, the association is in discussion with its members on how to recommend rebuilding more hurricane-proof homes.

“This isn’t anything new, this is what we’ve been discussing for years. This is probably new for some people post-Hurricane Dorian. Whenever you’re thinking about style, that’s always left to the discretion of the homeowner but in terms of hurricanes, when you’re talking about upgrading your home to be structurally sound for a Category 4 or 5 hurricane, we’re talking about the type of windows you use, the proper installation of those windows, you’re talking about the roof structure,” he said.

“The type of roof that would probably work better in those types of conditions, the standing seam metal roof properly installed seems to stand up better. You’re also talking about the pilings, some homes on higher ground have been known to stand up better in hurricanes when they have the proper type of piles installed.”

Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis recently announced the proposed Bahamas National Recovery and Reconstruction Trust Fund, that would help fund home and building repairs for persons impacted by Hurricane Dorian.

Homeowners would be granted up to $10,000 for repairs and rebuilding efforts.

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Paige McCartney

Paige joined The Nassau Guardian in 2010 as a television news reporter and anchor. She has covered countless political and social events that have impacted the lives of Bahamians and changed the trajectory of The Bahamas. Paige started working as a business reporter in August 2016. Education: Palm Beach Atlantic University in 2006 with a BA in Radio and Television News

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