Modern Home Builder - Winter 2016 - Volume 2 - 107
Metal studs with drywall in effect create a second home inside the concrete house.
A solid raised foundation would enable the surge to push against it
and move the house.
"What we're doing is trying to be very forward-thinking," Willmer says. "We're trying to build the most resilient and sustainable
homes in New York City. We're really trying to change the way
people think about housing and living on the coast. Everything we
do is integrated and thoughtfully designed for living in a fragile
ecosystem on the water.
"We're really trying to make sure that these homes are next-generation homes that can survive generations of New York City residents," he continues. "Out of this storm, we are now able to rebuild more resilient and sustainable structures that will not only
provide a home for residents to create family memories, but also
better housing stock for the future of New York City."
Leeward homes are 100 percent concrete and impenetrable to
wind and flying debris. All homes are built to exacting standards
of FEMA 55 Coastal Construction as well as the guidelines set by
the Institute of Business & Home Safety Fortified program. Engineered for the coast, all homes can withstand storm surges, flooding, fire and extreme hurricane force winds, the company says, all
while sustaining minimal damage. )
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