Climate Risk Engines looks at how wind patterns are changing and predicts the probability of extreme wind occurring in the future. As convective currents shift with climate change, some areas may be more at risk than others. Properties in areas that have physical hazards such as tall trees and those that have historically experienced extreme wind events are often more at risk.
The vulnerability of a property to extreme wind events is determined by the year it was built and the National Building Codes that were present at the time. Older buildings are often not built to withstand intense wind speeds and these buildings also deteriorate over time, leaving them more vulnerable to damage. As performance guidelines have been adjusted, modern home designs are typically able to withstand higher wind speeds.
Climate Valuation looks at the variables of a property (e.g. year of build, materials, and location) to determine the predicted impacts of extreme winds and level of risk. Characteristics like strong foundations and roofing fixtures are key to a wind-resistant building.