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Inspiration for bet  building has arisen from the devastating Hurricanes (like Katrina).  Now in 2011 all these Tornados,  Sunami’s, and general Increase in All Windstorms — the costliest years in U.S. history — did billions of dollars damage and left hundreds of thousands homeless. The wreckage showed how poorly weaker structures fared and how choice of materials and construction methods made a difference.


The insurance industry is a major force behind efforts to build super-strong houses. These “Fortified” homes are being constructed to new standards that are significantly resistant against: Windstorms, Fires, and even Flood Resistance. There are many different levels of “Water Risk” factors across the United States, it really depends on each specific areas construction location.


"Evidently, the damage caused has people concerned about home safety in disaster-prone areas," said Gopal Ahluwalia, a vice president at the National Association of Home Builders. "The other big issue is owners cannot afford the cost to insure their homes in these areas."


In hurricane country, insurance costs skyrocketed and availability waned after the storms. But now a few insurers offer discounts on fortified homes in coastal areas.

Fortification could cut policy costs in half, says Insurance Information Institute Chief Economist Robert Hartwig. But just 2% of homes in at-risk areas are fortified.

"Not much to pay for a little peace of mind," he said.





















                       





Many Coastal Communities have not adopted the new building codes as of yet. WHAT DEPTH of “Spray Foam Insulatiopn” did you get installed?

Was that the Code


Some fortified homes carry luxury price tags — in Alys Beach they run up to $5 million but Hayes mostly sells his homes for $130,000 to $288,000.


He starts with 10-foot holes he fills with concrete to form 14-by-14-inch columns. Reinforced with steel rods, these stand 20 feet in the air, above foreseeable floods.


The home's frame is built with extra-strong laminated wood and interlocking plank floors. The builder uses special nails that have to be cut to be removed. The home is bolted into the concrete columns.

Manufacturers are joining the fortification act, developing materials that protect against storm damage. Such innovations are finding a market among seekers of sturdy homes. But the broadest construction changes across communities may come from building codes.


Fortified homes have a higher resale value, even older homes can be retrofitted to improve durability and thus increase their value.


"The return on investment by retrofitting or buying a fortified home will be more than investing in decorative home amenities. So it is time to choose how to build your home?          What will you do?





































Insurance companies do recognize the homes that are fortified against , Water intrusion and increased Wind Loads.  Insurance companies give you discounts for having a fortified home.  Let us certify your homes for your “discount” on your insurance. (different insurance companies have different programs, depending where you are located.


Future grant dollars are being released to individual homeowners to make their property more resistant to hurricane and wind damage. The funds provided by this program are for the sole purpose of mitigating/retrofitting owner-occupied homes and are not to be used for remodeling or home repair.














Retrofitted or strengthened homes are less vulnerable to the onslaught and effects of severe storms, thereby rendering hurricane/storm damage less likely and less intense. Fewer damages result in lower or fewer insurance claims and will ultimately reduce insurance premiums for all citizens .
























 

    

Will your new home survive Hurricanes, Tornados, Fires, Floods, even Termite Damage?

Have you given any thought to High Energy Cost, Insurance Rates, and a lifetime of Maintenance Costs?

What about Bad Air Quality, Allergies and Storm Water Runoff? ...

And please don't forget about common:

Mold and Moisture

 


 

  For Hazard Mitigation Call  1(877)616-3742   and get  Insurance Discounts

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Home Fortification is a participant of the Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Initiative. Through this initiative you may be eligible for low interest ENERGY STAR® financing or other incentive options toward your next home improvement.

The Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Initiative applies to a variety of home improvements such as new insulation, air sealing, furnaces, hot water tanks, central air conditioning, windows, doors, appliances and even light bulbs. These improvements can help lower the cost of heating your home while also making you safer and more comfortable.

A Comprehensive Home Assessment has two phases. The first consists of the contractor taking inventory of, and reporting on, the current conditions in your home, including the following:

  1. Health and safety

  2. Carbon Monoxide levels

  3. Moisture problems

  4. • Air infiltration rates

  5. • Insulation Depth/Coatings  Inspections

  6. • Domestic Solar hot water system

  7. • Heating system efficiency

  8. • Cooling system/central HVAC Efficiency

  9. • Distribution system (ductwork)

  10. • Lighting (Alternative)

  11. • Major appliances

The second phase consists of the participating BPI-certified contractor developing a workscope for proposed improvements, including a cost and energy savings estimate.

For further information about how ENERGY STAR® can work in your home,

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Ms 601-881-3678                             FL  850-238-6228  

La  504-383-3678                  AL  Coming Soon