Carol Friedland, Kleinpeter, Shelly
The FORTIFIED Gold designation builds on FORTIFIED Roof and FORTIFIED Silver and is typically used in new construction or major renovation projects. It focuses on strengthening the home by creating a continuous load path to reduce potential building failures caused by strong winds and other weather hazards. To meet the FORTIFIED Gold requirements, the load path must be designed by an engineer licensed to do business in the state.
Meeting the FORTIFIED standard is a simple process that follows five steps:
Example of structure built with a continuous load path. Illustration by the LSU AgCenter.