Hurricane and Tornado Survivor's Stories
As you can see on the pictures below these homes were saved from natural disasters, because they were built with super insulated, steel reinforced, monolithic concrete walls - ICF construction.
Hurricane resistant. This is how we build our homes!
Hurrincane Katerina interrupted the construction of an insulating concrete form (ICF) home being built by Mr. & Mrs. Scott Sundberg at 103 Shadowlawn Ave. in Pass Christian, Miss. Mr. Sundberg, P.E. was about 85% finished when the hurricane struck, destroying his neighborhood. Work resumed afterwards. The home has concrete floors at the carport level, second floor and third floor, and the walls are ICFs. Sundberg designed the home and he and his wife are building it. FEMA has cited the house as having survived the hurricane because it was being built using many FEMA standards.
One Year Later.
In the picture below you can see whole area that has been swept away from 20 ft. storm surge during hurricane Katrina. And what happened to the people from this neighborhood that used to live in regular constructed homes? Thousands of these people were swept away along with their homes.
Tornado Proof. This is how we build our homes!
ICF homes can withstand winds up to 200 mph. The picture above shows an ICF home that was under construction when an F4 tornado tore through this Stoughton, WI neighborhood. While the surrounding homes were destroyed, the ICF home survived.
Fire Proof. This is how we build our homes!
In this aerial photo of a fire-devastated San Diego suburb, it’s easy to see the three houses on the street made of ICFs. ICF homes have up to a 4-hour fire rating. The picture above shows an ICF home that is still standing after a wildfire swept through the area. As you can see, the ICF home appears to be virtually unaffected by the flames and heat that destroyed everything else in its path.