Flood and Hurricane Proof Houses

Contest Info

  • Started: 4/13/2006 06:00
  • Ended: 4/15/2006 06:00
  • Level: advanced
  • Entries: 22
  • Jackpot:
  • FN Advanced 1st Place $50
  • FN Advanced 2nd Place $30
  • FN Advanced 3rd Place $20
Flood and Hurricane Proof Houses
Contest Directions: Show how houses can be protected against flood and hurricane. Make them flood-proof or hurricane-proof. Images showing part of houses are also allowed, as well as images of mobile homes.

Contest Info

    • Started: 4/13/2006 06:00
    • Ended: 4/15/2006 06:00
    • Level: advanced
    • Entries: 22
    • Jackpot:
    • FN Advanced 1st Place $50
    • FN Advanced 2nd Place $30
    • FN Advanced 3rd Place $20
22 pictures
  • Ancestors House

    Ancestors House
  • White House Hurricane Sign

    White House Hurricane Sign
  • Beverly HIllbillies

    Beverly HIllbillies
  • Home Sweet Submarine

    Home Sweet Submarine
  • Floodproof Home

    Floodproof Home
  • Oil Rig House

    Oil Rig House
  • flood proof house

    flood proof house
  • Boot House

    Boot House
  • Romantic Scene

    Romantic Scene
  • Noahs Ark

    Noahs Ark
22 image entries
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This contest is fueled by the following news: In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, a number of residents actually guessed correctly when they stated that they imagined their homes might have to be lifted off of the ground in order to qualify for flood insurance or federal rebuilding aid. FEMA guidelines that were released on Wednesday are designed to assist residents in rebuilding in a manner that complies with flood maps that demonstrate where water is expected to rise in the event on a 100 year storm. The so called flood advisories are also designed to detail how the city's levee system will protect residents. The guidelines do recommend that thousands of homes and business in the city need to be raised three feet higher. Property owners who do not follow these guidelines may lose out on government sponsored rebuilding aid as well as lower cost flood insurance. Indeed, the guidelines call for some houses being raised as high as ten feet to be in compliance with the guidelines as published. In light of these guidelines, some residents are electing to start from scratch and build a new home that meets guidelines. This efficiency is achieved by a combination of architectural and functional solutions. In order to use solar energy for lighting and heating, house is built in the shape of polyhedron with windows facing southwards. But main contribution of energy saving for a house is brought in by the combined application of highly effective heat-insulating solutions for drastic reduction of heat loss through walls, roof and foundation. High capability of holding heat is not a lone demand for a quality heat insulation of a "healthy" home. Here it is very important to follow such provisions as non-inflammability and vapor-proof. The first condition is very clear- heat-insulation should not only hold heat inside house but also should prevent inflammation and spreading of fire. Unlike organic churned foamed heater warmer which can only ignite fire, heat-insulating materials like stone wool serve this purpose well. Vapor proof is important for supporting stable and pleasant controlled environment in house. When winterization of a house is done with vapor proof heat-insulating techniques, natural movement of water vapor outwards through insulated frame filling is not hampered. Hence dampness does not stay in house and accumulate in wall strata, which would, in turn, improves controlled climate and significantly extends shelf life of frameworks. Experts suggest specially made heat-insulating techniques, components of which are selected according to fire safety and vapor proof norms. Thin plaster warming system of heater warmer for frontispiece contain non-flammable mineral components including heating insulation plates and stone wool.