Hurricane Proof Ventilation Labyrinth Natural Ventilator

A Ventilator That Can Withstand a Hurricane

The Moffitt Labyrinth was a good investment for Evonik Stockhausen. This specialty chemical plant purchased several Labyrinth units for their facility. Shortly after installation, the Labyrinth units faced three days of Hurricane Isaac’s punishing winds and rain. In the end, no water entered the building and the unites were not damaged. Plant management was very pleased that they chose hurricane proof ventilation with the Labyrinth natural ventilator.

hurricane proof ventilation hurricane mapEvonik Stockhausen, located in Garyville, LA, installed the Moffitt Labyrinth just before Hurricane season in 2012. The goal was to make their building cooler and more comfortable. The most important concern, however, was ensuring that absolutely no water entered the facility through the opening.

Located in Garyville, LA, the plant is about 45 minutes northwest of New Orleans. Being in that area, and experiencing the terrible impact of Hurricane Katrina a few years prior, everyone knew the real threat that hurricanes posed to the area. It was absolutely necessary that their roof vent could function in hurricane-force winds. The new investment also needed to come out of the storm undamaged. For those who are less fortunate, it might be wise to talk to someone similar to Roofing Companies in Grand Rapids to learn about how you could replace your roof.

The plant was right in the middle of Hurricane Isaac (picture at right). The storm went directly overhead. The hurricane proof Labyrinth stood up to sustained winds as high as 70 mph and gusts as powerful as 80 mph. Flood waters rose as high as 12″. Despite all of this, not a single drop entered via the roof vent, the vent effectively channeled all of the water away from the interior. The surrounding area saw high flood waters and wind damage, but the Labyrinth was totally fine.

Hurricane Proof Ventilation

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Evonik managed to weather the storm by choosing Hurricane Proof ventilation with the Labyrinth. The durable, aluminum construction enabled it to stand up to even the harshest of conditions. When they got their free ventilation design, they took their first step towards a better, safer, and sturdier ventilation solution.


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