New Entry in Catastrophic Housing

SunHerald tells a New Orleans firm has developed a structural steel-insulated paneled dwelling to house survivors of catastrophes. Designed with 22 solar panels so it can generate its own electricity, and with a water cachement system that can hold 6,000 gallons, the modular home can function independently of disaster-damaged utilities. The 1,100 square foot modular has two bedrooms and two bathrooms, can withstand 165 mph winds, and could be used as a permanent home. The cement fibreboard outer walls resist moisture, and while the solar panels are designed to handle the home’s electrical needs, it can also be fitted with a turbine for windy areas. The windows are covered with a snap-on mesh that can withstand a board hurled at 90 mph. General contractor C.G. Minor, with C & G Construction, says the house is shipped in pieces and can be assembled in 14 weeks. Neither a price nor a photo of the home was available at press time.

(Photo credit: Permatherm—steel paneled home)

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