New Home Design Aims to Cure Flooding and Storm Damage Concerns Along Coastal Regions
August 28, 2012 – As Hurricane Isaac bears down on the coastal regions of New Orleans and Mississippi, the time comes, once again, to re-examine the methods by which homes are constructed along the Gulf Coast.
In 2005, Hurricane Katrina reminded residents of the frailty by which traditional stick-built homes fare against high winds and floodwaters. However, nearly seven years later, such homes are still being built.
Why have residents and homebuilders continued to build their homes out of materials that are unable to withstand to the severe weather of the area and cannot be privately insured at the national average? John Nagy of Foreverhome explains, “It really comes down to tradition and price. The Gulf Coast is an historic region filled with world-renowned architecture; most residents think it would be a shame to take away from the tradition of the area by building new, modern-looking homes. And while the majority of residents would undoubtedly rather live in a home built to stand up to hurricanes and storm surges, most think that such homes would be too expensive to build in the areas most affected by these storms.”
Foreverhome’s Joe Rogge says that his organization’s design solves both of those arguments and gives residents a hurricane- and storm-surge-resistant home in the process. “Foreverhome is a traditional, shotgun-style New Orleans home that is built entirely – from the foundation to the roof – out of reinforced precast concrete. It is constructed to withstand hurricane-force winds, dynamic forces caused by floods and impact from debris with little or no damage,” he says. “And, we can build complete, move-in ready, homes with finished interiors for as little as $175,000.” Rogge also says that the Foreverhome can be fully insured at national average premiums.
The Foreverhome prototype, located in south central Florida, has been certified IBHS Fortified for Safer Living. The prototype has also been certified LEED Platinum by the United State Green Building Council, which helps to further lower the cost of ownership. Photos of the Foreverhome prototype can be viewed at www.aboutforeverhome.com. Of the design, Nagy says, “The Foreverhome will change how homes are built in Louisiana and Mississippi without changing the historic landscape.”