Why these round houses survive hurricanes that destroy traditional homes

June 1, 2016 by  
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June first marks the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season, and with predictions for bigger and deadlier storms this year due to the transition to La Niña , coupled with above-average sea surface temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico, meteorologists are urging inhabitants of hurricane-prone areas to take extra precautions. Thanks to climate change, this trend towards more violent and volatile weather is showing no signs of slowing down , but a North Carolina based company named Deltec Homes has decided to fight back with hurricane-resistant homes that are so storm-proof, they’ve survived the likes of both Sandy and Katrina. A Deltec home still stands after Hurricane Dennis blew through – the neighbor with a traditional home next door did not fare as well. Deltec Homes was started in 1968 in Asheville, NC as a builder of hurricane-resistant round homes in seaside resort communities, particularly in the Atlantic south, where hurricanes are an ever present threat to coastal homes. Although the company has recently expanded into rectilinear Net Zero Energy Homes with the launch of the new Renew Collection (we wrote about it here ), Deltec originally made a name for itself with iconic storm resistant round homes. Initially commissioned for seaside resort communities, these structures soon became sought after by homeowners across the country for their striking aesthetics and durability. Deltec’s hurricane resistant homes are so strong that in over 48 years and with over 5,000 homes built, they’ve never had a home lost due to hurricanes or high winds of any kind. And that is all the more impressive considering that Deltec homes have stood against some of the most detrimental storms in history including Hurricanes Hugo, Sandy, Katrina, Ivan, Andrew and Charley. RELATED: Deltec launches line of super efficient, net-zero energy homes So what makes Deltec Homes different from other homes? The earliest forms of human shelter were round – inspired by Mother Nature’s most structurally stable ovoid designs such as the egg. Unlike traditional box-shaped homes, round homes possess only octagonally slight corners and sides. In the absence of sharp corners, wind and waves are permitted to flow freely around the house rather than allowing the kinds of pressure buildups that typically lead to structural failures. Circular homes are held together by a greater number of interconnected points, making their joints both more flexible and stronger than rectilinear constructions. For these same reasons (slight corners, smoother flow of wind), round roofs are far more successful at withstanding wind and are less susceptible to being lifted off in a storm. Radial floor and roof trusses, which meet in a center ring like spokes on a wheel, lock the building in a constant state of compression, which further reinforces the building’s strength. RELATED: Why Our Ancestors Built Round Houses – and Why it Still Makes Sense to Build Round Structures Today https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ljN294eypZY&feature=youtu.be In addition to the impressive physics supporting these round homes, Deltec’s trusses and walls are composed of framing lumber that is twice as strong as traditional framing, while their reinforced windows and factory-precise prefab panels work to keep wind and water out. With an emphasis on environmental responsibility , these energy-efficient homes have the option to be topped with a reflective roof that minimizes radiant heat gain. An airtight envelope along with smart window placement and passive solar design, helps maintain the home’s balanced internal temperature. Deltec’s wide variety of add-ons and configurations allow buyers to incorporate solar power, triple paned glass, and more to make the home net-zero energy. The company recently achieved B Corp certification for meeting the highest level of verified social and environmental performance. With stormy weather on the horizon and speculation that hurricanes will increasingly begin to affect cities that least expect it, prospective homeowners might find it helpful to consider all their options before settling on a traditionally shaped house. These prefab round houses ship anywhere in the world, and according to Deltec’s Rachel Kassinger, “Since Deltec started in 1968 we’ve never lost a home due to hurricanes or high winds of any kind. The most damage ever reported were a few lost shingles off of a roof. It’s an extraordinary record considering our homeowners have had direct hits from some of the most damaging storms including Sandy, Katrina, Hugo, and Charley.” + Deltec Homes + Classic Deltec Homes All images © Deltec and Cayman Villas .

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Zero-energy Biosphera 2.0 prefab gives you the freedom to live almost anywhere

March 29, 2016 by  
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This quirky Spanish eco-house is hidden under a rolling hill

June 29, 2015 by  
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Paul Lukez Architecture to build a small, energy plus home outside Boston

April 2, 2015 by  
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Paul Lukez Architecture (PLA) is planning to build a small, energy efficient home located in suburban Boston, designed for a schoolteacher who wanted to stay in the area despite the ever-rising cost of housing. This home is classified as “Energy Plus,” which means that it produces more energy than it needs. Boston-area solar panel installers Transformations, Inc . will partner with PLA to complete this project. The custom zero energy home will have a rooftop full of solar panels , as well as other energy smart features. Instead of paying a utility bill each month, this homeowner can sell the excess energy back to the utility company, earning a nice little bonus each month simply by living in his Energy Plus home. In 900-square-feet, the slant-roof home has two bedrooms with lofty spaces and great natural light . The home will cost under $300,000, which is remarkably competitive for the suburban Boston real estate market. Construction of this efficient Energy Plus home is planned for this summer. + Paul Lukez Architecture + Transformations, Inc. Image via Paul Lukez Architecture Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: boston area , energy efficient home design , energy efficient homes boston , energy plus , Paul Lukez Architecture , small energy efficient homes , solar panel roof , transformations inc , zero energy home

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Sosoljip is a Self-Sufficient Net Zero Energy House in South Korea

February 12, 2013 by  
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VIDEO: How to Make Delectable Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes for Your Valentine

February 12, 2013 by  
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Wondering what sweet treats to give your Valentine this Thursday? Here’s a delectable recipe that is sure to delight. Follow along as Inhabitots’ pint-sized pastry chef Petey Rojas shows you the easy steps to making his yummy vegan red velvet cupcakes in this adorable video. We promise that your better half will love them – and it wouldn’t hurt to whip up a batch for yourself too! READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 4 year old cooking video , baking instructions , kids baking video , kids cooking video , petey rojas , red velvet cupcakes , vegan baking , Vegan Cupcake , vegan cupcakes , vegan red velvet , vegan red velvet cupcakes

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