NEXGEN MgO Storm Resistance

North America endures numerous storms each year, including hurricanes, tornadoes, tropical cyclones, flooding, winter storms and other extraordinary weather events. Though different storms bring unique hazards, any major storm can have a significant impact on our homes and buildings.

Building with MgO based materials helps reduce the risk of injury or loss due to:

  • Fire
  • Water
  • Wind
  • Impact
  • Mold and Mildew

Key Storm Resistance Facts

MgO Products are Strong

MgO based building materials are stronger than other building materials used for the same application

Use MgO with Steel

Using MgO panels used in assemblies with steel studs can provide greater strength to withstand high winds.

Use High Performance Assemblies

MgO boards used in a structured insulated High Performance Assembly provides great strength.

Case Study Summary


Homeowners in Hurricane and Tornado prone areas want homes that stand up to storms.


Homes are built with MgO based panels and boards that provide superior strength.


MgO based homes stand up to storms better than legacy materials reducing damage and destruction. 


Need clarification?

What is Storm Resistance?

To design buildings that are inherently storm resistant, you need to provide protection against high winds, storm surge, and flying debris.  One of the key areas to address is how to lessen the impact of debris which often becomes projectiles or missiles during a tornado or hurricane.  Furthermore, you need to design to protect against flooding and also fire that are triggered when buildings and utilities are damaged. 

What standards are used for Storm Resistance?

The International Code Council (ICC) has updated the consensus standard ICC 500 which codifies the design and construction of storm shelters.  This document provides important information that can be utilized in residential and commercial buildings.  ASCE 7 is referenced in major U.S. model business codes. IBC 2000 and IRC 2000 contain specific requirements for hurricane regions.  ASTM E1886/1996 are national consensus test method and specifications for windborne debris impacts in hurricanes. 

What are the best Storm Resistance building techniques?

The physical geometry of a building and a roof of multiple slopes affects its aerodynamic properties and how well it can withstand a storm. Also, impact-resistant walls, doors, and windows are essential. Using water and mold/mildew resistant building materials can keep rain and moisture out of a home and reduce resulting damage. 

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