Last House Standing – How well do SIPs withstand severe weather like Hurricane Ike???

I am sure since you are here that you would be most curious to know as to what might happen if your new home hit upon severe natural disasters.  This article by CNN shows what happened in one neighborhood on the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike. Lets have a picture tell the story of a thousand words as to how a penelized system like SIPs stand up to the worst of tests against stick homes!  This home by the way was stuck together with the same product, Manus Bond, that we use in our homes hence why the supplier shared this story with me.

Here in Costa Rica the building industry reveres block and concrete construction like a religion just like the builders of these surrounding houses did so with stick frame construction.  Hmmm is that faith warranted?

In this case we see the preferred methodology failed miserably hence it would bring into question why in heavens name  anyone would build out of such materials in Tornado Alley or any hurricane prone area of the USA.  Take note that normally a hurricane is much more severe than an earthquake since one lasts typically 1 – 2 minutes whereas a hurricane can blow for hours on end.  I would submit that SIPs are more than tough enough to withstand both instances.  Last year SIPs passed the most severe building code on the planet from Miami/Dade County.

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Trevor Chilton

About Trevor

I have lived in Costa Rica for 14 years and have been active in real estate development over that period and construction in general. I am a qualified Journeyman carpenter and cabinetmaker from Canada. My current focus project is building custom green homes and housing packages all built out of Magnesium Oxide SIPs.

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