WHEREAS two EF1 Tornados touched down in Barrhaven on July 13th impacting over 125 homes, and a third EF0 tornado touched down in Findlay Creek on August 3 impacting 12 homes; and
WHEREAS the August 3rd Tornado represents the 7th extreme wind event in Ottawa since 2018, including the EF3 Tornado that devasted Dunrobin and the 2022 Derecho that damaged wide swaths of the city; and
WHEREAS Extreme wind events do the greatest structural damage to roofs, causing thousands of dollars in damage and leaving residents without a primary home for months and in some cases years; and
WHEREAS stronger fastenings where the frame of a house meets the roof, known as hurricane straps or tornado clips, are a cheap and effective solution to secure roofs during extreme wind events; and
WHEREAS the Provincial government is currently considering amendments to the 2012 Building Code;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Mayor on behalf of Council write a letter to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing conveying the City of Ottawa’s support for the province’s proposed Green Building Code to include requirements to mitigate against increased Wind Uplift Loads on Roofs in order to better create more wind resilient communities.