WAUKESHA, WI -- With the recent damage and flooding caused by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee, it is more important than ever for developers to look toward implementing innovative solutions when building residential housing units near coastal regions.
Many developers have toiled over the idea of mass-producing hurricane- and storm-surge-resistant homes. Until now, however, it has been a difficult concept to bring to fruition. The cost of building fortified homes has been exorbitant, the logistics of transferring fortified products to Gulf Coast regions has been troublesome and the designs of prefabricated concrete homes have been lackluster.
ForeverHome is working to overcome these obstacles and bring affordable and stylish hurricane-resistant homes to the areas and populations that need them the most.
Joe Rogge, spokesperson for ForeverHome, explains, "The reason that more concrete homes are not currently being built is, quite simply, the process has been extremely expensive. We believe that we have the technology, research and manpower needed to make hurricane-resistant housing a reality - especially near the Gulf Coast."
The structural shell of the ForeverHome is completely made of precast, reinforced concrete elements that are engineered to withstand the devastating effects of hurricane-force winds, the dynamic forces caused by floods and the impact of debris. The Institute for Business and Home Safety has certified the ForeverHome IBHS Fortified for Safer Living.
ForeverHome is also dedicated to constructing these houses with the most environmentally sound practices available. The ForeverHome prototype, located in Sebring, Fla., has been LEED Platinum certified by the United States Green Building Council for its use of recycled products and its ability to save energy. The USGBC has also pre-certified future ForeverHome buildings LEED Silver, with the ability for homeowners to increase their home's LEED certification to Gold or Platinum depending on their site selection and various building options.