Roof Failure

Faculty Advisor

Labonte', Robert C.


This project is investigating the causes of roof failures with the goal of decreasing the threat to human safety from roof failures. After interviewing engineers and building inspectors, it was determined that existing building codes do not need to be changed. This group found two main solutions for the prevention of roof failures. The first is regular inspection during construction. Buildings need to be inspected to assure that no unapproved changes have been made to the design. The second occurs after construction, when buildings need to be inspected regularly to make sure nothing has failed. An alternative to regular inspection could be an early warning detection system that will alert building owners in the instance where the structural integrity of their roof may be in jeopardy.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

August 2009

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering