AFFO R D A B L E
M.E. Rinker, Sr., School of Building Construction College of Design, Construction & Planning PO Box 115703,
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL 32611-5703 TEL: (352) 273-1192 SUNCOM: 622-7697 FAX: (352) 392-4364
Volume XVI, Number 5
The purpose of this newsletter to re-introduce Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing.
The Center was established by the Legislature in 1988 with a broad mandate (See Section
1004.46, F. S.). Since that beginning, the Center has developed and maintains the Florida
Housing Data Clearinghouse; it has overseen the construction of four regional Windstorm
Damage Mitigation Training & Demonstration Centers; and it has teamed with the Jim
Walter Partnership Center at the University of South Florida to work with Tampa and Hill-
The Shimberg Center is involved in numerous
housing research and community development
outreach and demonstration programs such as
windstorm damage mitigation, alternative building
technologies, energy characteristics of new homes
in Florida, and a number of projects located in the
Tampa metropolitan area.
The Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse is a
joint project of the Center and the state of Florida
through funding from the Florida Housing Finance
Corporation. The Clearinghouse website can be
Some of the highlights of this website include:
Statewide, Regional & Local Profiles (http://
Comparisons (http://www.flhousingdata. shimberg.
on demographics, housing market characteristics,
affordable housing needs, and housing stock
characteristics for cities and counties in Florida.
Data Access Tools (http://www.flhousingdata.
customized, user-friendly tables for multiple
geographic areas and variables. You can also
download the data for offline use.
H 0 S N G
Tools for Planning (http://www.flhousingdata.
to assist in responding to three local planning
requirements: the Housing Element of the local
comprehensive plan, the HUD Consolidated Plan, the
Public Housing Agency Plan.
Assisted Housing Inventory (http: //www.
html) five databases that contain property-level
information on affordable housing developments
throughout the state including the preservation
database that provides information on mortgage
maturity dates and rent supplement contract
expiration dates to assist users in understanding
periods of affordability and potential loses to the
assisted housing inventory.
Library (http://www.flhousingdata. shimberg.ufl.
edu/apps/library.pl) includes a variety of articles,
publications, datasets, ordinances, and presentations
pertaining to affordable housing.
The design for the Training and Demonstration
Centers reflects the desire of the Department of
Financial Services and the Shimberg Center to
produce a building plan that is on the scale and
mass of a house. The logic for this choice is that the
training that would take place in the structure would
focus on the mitigation of windstorm damage to
Florida's housing inventory.
In order to control costs, the Department of Financial
Services (previously known as the Department
of Insurance) requested that the Shimberg Center
locate potential sites for constructing the buildings
where: the land would be provided at no cost, the
continuing operational costs and maintenance would
be provided at no cost, and there would be assurance
that the primary use of the facility would remain that
of training and demonstration related to windstorm
damage mitigation in new and existing homes in
Florida. The locations chosen for the centers are in
coastal counties dispersed throughout the state. They
also are accessible from an interstate highway to
facilitate access by attendees that drive to the
training classes. The ideal situation would be to have
the centers located in such a way that they can be
reached from any point in Florida in no more than a
The building contains 3,126 square feet. The interior
of the one-story building is divided roughly in half
between a display area and a training area.
The front entrance leads into the display area housing
a reception desk and administrative office. Around the
perimeter of the area are rest rooms, a small galley, a
maintenance closet, and the mechanical room. The
display area contains a small-scale Saferoom that can
be installed in existing homes and there is literature
describing alternative building systems that will
better withstand hurricane force winds. The exterior
walls of the buildings are constructed of polystyrene
insulating concrete forms with cut-away sections
covered with Plexiglas panel to illustrate the internal
construction features. Attachment of the roof system
to the top of the wall section is also exposed behind a
The training room occupies the remaining half of the
building and has a capacity for classes ranging from
forty to fifty attendees. The training room is equipped
with appropriate audio-visual equipment. Important
parts of the training room are a wood-framed wall
section, a concrete block wall section, a garage door,
and the cut-away sections of the wall and ceiling. The
purpose for the wood-framed and concrete block wall
sections is to demonstrate the reinforcing and wall-
roof connections that are appropriate for the existing
housing inventory, most of which is built with either
wood framing or concrete block. Similarly, the garage
door installed in the exterior wall of the training area
is used to demonstrate a reinforcing system that will
improve the wind resistance of existing garage doors.
The transparent panels covering cut-away sections of
the wall and ceiling reveal internal structure, utility
placement, and structural connections.
Many items used in the construction of the Center
serve as demonstrations of wind-resistant products or
The walls are built of an insulating concrete form
(ICF) system. Polystyrene blocks with hollow cores
are stacked and reinforcing rods are inserted both
horizontally and vertically in the hollow cores of
the blocks. The cores are then filled with concrete.
The result is an insulated, reinforced concrete wall
system that meets wind load and impact resistance
requirements of the South Florida Building Code.
The windows in the building are constructed and
installed in such a way that they are impact resistant.
Window openings also are equipped with impact
resistant shutters. Three different shuttering systems
are displayed. The roll-up shutter design operates
much like a window shade mounted on the exterior
wall surface over the window or recessed in the
soffit above the window. The accordion-style
shutter design opens and closes horizontally. The
third shutter system consists of panel sections that
are manually installed in a track mounted above and
below the window opening. Although no sliding
glass door is installed in the building, the accordion-
style shuttering system is one option for glass door
The double entry door installed at the main entrance
to the Center is made of impact-resistant glass.
As noted above, installed in the wall of the
training room is a garage door. This door serves to
demonstrate a reinforcing device for garage doors
that meets impact and pressure requirements for
winds in excess of 150 miles per hour.
Trusses form the roof structure of the centers and
are connected with galvanized metal straps o the
wall system to resist uplift. When engineered wood
trusses are installed, the roof sheathing is fastened
to the top chords of the trusses with conventional
connectors as well as a polyurethane spray adhesive.
The adhesive also is applied to the seams between the
sheathing panels as a means of providing secondary
water resistance in the event that the roof covering
is damaged or blown away. An alternative to the
adhesive foam is to seal the seams between sheathing
panels with an adhesive-backed tape.
The shingles covering are fiberglass that have been
produced and installed such that they are rated to
withstand 110 mile per hour wind.
A wind and impact resistant fabric has been installed
at the front and rear entry/exit areas to illustrate
another product that can protect homes from flying
debris while admitting some light into the building -
a particularly important consideration for persons that
suffer from mild to severe claustrophobia.
In addition to the wall sections in the display area
and the various elements of the building itself, the
Training & Demonstration Centers will be equipped
with models that support the training task. As the
building was being designed it became evident
that some products and materials that influence
the structural integrity of the building are either
impossible or very difficult to demonstrate once they
are installed in place. Accordingly, desktop models
are available in the training room that are used by
classroom instructors to illustrate proper use of a
product or material. Other material that improve the
structural performance of the buildings will be added
from time to time.
The plan is to construct six of the regional Training
and Demonstration Centers across the state. Each
facility will serve as a regional training center for
the surrounding counties. The locations have been
chosen in coastal counties near interstate highways
for easy access. Once completed the buildings will
be turned over to the county government with the
stipulation that the county provide maintenance and
operating costs and that the county utilize the facility
primarily for demonstrating and teaching about
materials and methods for mitigating windstorm
damage in new and existing housing. As shown
in the following map, existing centers are located
in Escambia County, Broward County, St. Johns
County, and St. Lucie County.
Department of Financial Services
Demonstration and Training Centers
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Visit the Centers on the Internet:
Ft. Pierce, St. Lucie County
Cantonment, Escambia County
St. Augustine, St. John's County
If you have any questions or comments about the
Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing or the
Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse we'd like to
hear from you. Please contact us by phone at
1-800-259-5705 or (352) 273-1192, or by email
Other Internet web sites that you can use are:
* http ://www.flhousingdata.shimberg.ufl.edu/
for the Florida Housing Data Clearinghouse
* http://www.shimberg.ufl.edu/ for general
information about the Shimberg Center and
Affordable Housing ISSUES is prepared bi-monthly by the Shimberg Center for Affordable Housing for the purpose
of discussing contemporary issues facing affordable housing providers. Reproduction of this newsletter is both permitted and
encouraged. Comments or questions regarding the content are welcome and should be addressed to Robert C. Stroh, Director.
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