A Building Material That Can Protect Homes During Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are one of a homeowner’s biggest fears. Hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and fires can cause many to lose their homes and all of their possessions. There is a company that can help protect homes during these unpredictable weather phenomenons. RSG 3-D has created a building material that can keep a house intact during hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes and fires.

The building material is called 3D cementitious sandwich panel. Each panel is constructed of fire retardant foam that is held between two wire mesh faces. The wire mesh faces are connected with reinforcement wires running through the foam and the whole piece is then covered with concrete.

“The RSG 3-D panel is known for it resilience to natural disaster,” RSG 3-D CEO Ken Calligar said. “The panels are fireproof, they are seismic resistant beyond any earthquake recorded in human history and they are also hurricane resistant. They’ve been tested throughout the world through 200 hurricanes, hundreds of seismic events and several wildfires.”

Although this building material is still new to the US, the technology behind it is not. NASA has used a similar version to build spacecrafts. In fact, President Carter used the technology to rebuild damaged buildings in Florida and Georgia.

“One of the major push for that technology actually was the adoption of that system by our former President Carter,” said Ayman Mossallam, a civil and engineering professor at the University of California, Irvine.

The reason it has just now been noticed in the US building industry is because it can now be massed produced. EVG, a company in Austria, created machines to assemble the panels which brought the manufacturing cost down. RSG 3-D uses EVG’s technology and machines to mass produce the material, bringing it to the United States.

“Housing economists will tell you that 77 percent of homes built in the United States are at extreme risk for some type of natural disaster,” said Calligar. “The East Coast is primarily hurricane, the Midwest is tornadoes, which we will also survive, the Rockies and the West are wildfire plus seismic events. We are resistant to all of that.”

This can be a game changer when it comes to the structural integrity of a home. Reports show that 2018 was the costliest year on record for climate disasters in our country. According to NOAA, there were over $300 billion in damages.

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