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Hurricane "proof" homes


Anyone know any builders in south-central La. that can build a new home that can withstand high winds (150mph)?
Builders that can build a home using insulated concrete walls?

I am looking for plan designs and cost.
Has anyone built a home with these type walls? I'd like to know pros/cons.

Thanks







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777Tiger
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pretty simple, cbs w/ barrel tile roof, and hurricane winders
ETA: the last year I lived in FL, had the eyes of three 'canes pass over the house, lost maybe 6-7 tiles off the roof
ETA: rafters are metal strapped to the lintel



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ellishughtiger
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I'm sure a lot of people would tell you that they can do this.





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Sir Drinksalot
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Dig a hole in the back hard and put a train freight car in it.





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Jones
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i would be more worried about the water and trees falling on my place in regards to hurricanes


how close to the coast are you?






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brass2mouth
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LINK


I've watched a couple documentary type things on these houses, and really the only con I saw was price and condensation problems if not done right, but thats all.






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Lester Earl
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Where are you looking to build?





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VetteGuy
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It's not the hurricane that's the problem.

It's the tornadoes that can spawn from them.
Tornado shelter fastened to the slab.
Done.






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777Tiger
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Those materials(for cbs,) are actually pretty cheap.





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John Wayne
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I'm an architect. I design "safe room" facilities (imagine a small camp) for local gov't agencies according to FEMA specs. Some are designed to withstand Cat 5 hurricane force winds and missiles (flying debris) and others are designed to withstand up to F3 tornadoes. It's fairly simple construction but the building systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) are where it can get expensive as you're trying to create a shell that has as few penetrations as possible.





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VetteGuy
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Are you familiar with the tornado testing they do at Texas Tech?
They seem to be a leader in this.






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Caliendeaux
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Dj microbe


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Article here:
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Hammertime
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I design "safe room" facilities
I have seen a couple of these hurricane/tornado proof buildings at random plants around LA. Some have 100+ people working in them. Every single one looked like it could fit 20-30 people max. I guess the other guys are gonna have to hang out inside the equipment






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John Wayne
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Are you familiar with the tornado testing they do at Texas Tech?


Somewhat, yes. Most of what we've done is focused on hurricanes but I'm somewhat of a weather geek also so I've read about their WiSE program.






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John Wayne
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Some have 100+ people working in them. Every single one looked like it could fit 20-30 people max. I guess the other guys are gonna have to hang out inside the equipment


Yikes! Yea the largest one we've designed was designed to hold 50 occupants (per Life Safety Code and IBC). Once it's permitted and built I'm sure they'll cram in as many folks as they can. When it comed down to being faced with impending doom, I doubt they'll be worried about meeting code. At least until the first law suit.






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jose canseco
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Check out the LA house on campus across from alex box. Its a model home with many of the items you listed plus much more. Lots of free Info there with a tour.





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Martini
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John if you have a design and a spec yet your drawings don't correspond in one or two areas what do you tell your contractor? By that I mean if he builds as per Life Safety Code and International Building Code (which is on the drawings and in the specs) but your drawing can't comply what do you expect him to do?






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Art Vandelay
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My home is icf. I will not leave for any hurricanes.





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bpinson
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i know a guy that built a concrete and steel house on Beach Blvd in Gulfport or somewhere on the Ms coast and it "withstood" Katrina. Well it flooded and they were damn lucky to make it. I guess it worked...but damn





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John Wayne
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Martini, I'm not sure that I follow you. Most code deficiencies in our drawings are caught in the permitting stage and addended. In the case of these safe rooms, the CDs are also reviewed by FEMA which is an adventure itself. If something gets by permitting that doesn't meet code, then thats in our dime. Fortunately for us, that's only happened once that I can recall in the last 15 years and it was a fairly minor ADA issue that we had to pay to fix. Not sure if that's what you were asking or not.





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