design safe with ICFs

Disaster Resistance

ICFs are the single most effective way to achieve disaster resistance.  After every Natural Disaster, they prove that they will protect your family.  Hurricanes, Tornados, Floods, Earthquakes & Fires are no match for this resistance.

Recently, two ICF homes designed by Robert Klob Designs were in the direct path of Hurricane Irma, a category 5 storm.  This storm devastated much of the Caribbean, Florida Keys and South Florida.  We had one of our designs in the Florida Keys - Lower Metacumbe Key, and another near Fort Myers.  The home in the Florida Keys suffered only minor cosmetic damage - while other nearby homes were a complete loss.  The home near Fort Myers was still under construction.  It too suffered only minor cosmetic damage. A neighbor family took shelter in the ICF home instead of risking their safety in their personal home.  Both homes withstood sustained winds of over 130 mph.

Additional proof of this resistance is a community in Guam.  This community was built in 1963 - each home was a concrete “shell” (walls, floor & roof).  Since 1963, the island of Guam has been hit with numerous Typhoons (Hurricanes), some with wind gusts of over 240 mph.  Guam regularly reports earthquakes - in 1993 it suffered a devastating magnitude 8.1 earthquake.  NONE of the “shell” homes built  over 50 years ago have suffered any damage from these natural disasters.  Click HERE for more information by some of our colleagues.

 

Safe Design can be achieved with several methods - here are a few:

  • Custom Design Shell

    • Complete House Design - Roofs, Walls & Floors

 

  • Safe Room Integration

    • Safe Room inside a traditional designed home (frame).  Could be a Closet, Pantry, Bathroom, etc.

 

  • Safe Room Addition  

    •   Addition to an existing “non-resistant” home.  See diagram below.

 

Growing up on the edge of “Tornado Alley”, Disaster Resistant Design is a personal passion for Robert Klob, he has seen the devastation first hand.

 

Let us help protect your family!

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Links for Safe Design Resources

Check with your local government to find specific agencies in your area.