Earth, water, wind & fire: making homes disaster-proof

            <img src="" border="0" /><em><p>Some of the world's most scenic locations for luxury homes &mdash; beachfronts, forests, mountains &mdash; are also prone to disaster: hurricanes and floods, wildfires and earthquakes. Architects and designers are increasingly tasked with creating gorgeous homes that are also able to stand up to nature's whims.</p></em><br /><br /><p>It shouldn't have to take another <a href="" rel="nofollow" >reminder from the United Nations</a> that <em>a lot</em> more climate change-related extreme weather scenarios will be heading our way in the coming decades to finally take disaster preparedness into consideration when designing homes.<br></p>           

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