Disaster Resistance -
Extreme Heat

Extreme heat is the cause of more deaths than any other natural disaster type in the United States. Select the building components listed below to see guides that provide detailed information on making your home more resistant to extreme heat.

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Overview guide providing background information on extreme heat in the United States as it relates to homes and links to guides describing specific ways to make homes more resistant to extreme heat.

Roofs

Attics / Ceilings

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Guide describing application of a radiant barrier layer in the attic to block radiant heat transfer between hot surfaces and heat-absorbing surfaces.
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Guide describing options for designing and locating the thermal boundary at either the attic floor or along the roof line in new and existing homes.
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Guide describing the installation of roof vents that are resistant to damage from high winds and entry of wind-borne rain, wildfire embers, or pests.
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Guide describing the use of attic ventilation fans to mechanically pull outside air through the attic in an attempt to cool the attic, control moisture, and prevent ice dams.

Walls

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Guide describing materials and methods for incorporating thermal mass into the construction of a home for temperature regulation, energy savings, and resistance to extreme heat and cold.

Windows

Doors

Operations

Equipment

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Guide providing information about ground-source (geothermal) heat pumps including an overview of technology and guidance on compliance and installation.
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Guide describing the types of whole-house fans, installation details to reduce energy loss, and how to operate them for comfort and energy savings based on climate zone.
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This guide describes the uses, selection process, and specification of high-MERV filters.