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Preventing Natural Disaster Distruction with Vertical ICF Block
November 23, 2016
Vertical ICF Block Construction is a new and innovative method to reduce the damage and destruction of homes and businesses during natural disasters.
How Vertical ICF Block Construction Prevents Natural Disaster Destruction
No one can forget the 2011 Joplin, Missouri, tornado - a catastrophic EF5-rated multiple-vortex tornado which struck the residents of Joplin on a Sunday afternoon, killing 158 people, causing billions of dollars of damage and ranking as the costliest single tornado in US history.
According to an analysis by the National Weather Service, the Joplin tornado had wind speeds in excess of 200 MPH, which caused the structural compromise and eventual destruction of the St. John’s Regional Medical Center - the center of Joplin’s medical care.
How can construction methods in the 21st century resist damage from natural disasters such as severe tornadoes or hurricanes and protect the population? One answer is to use vertical ICF block construction, a system of vertical reinforced block construction that withstands the tremendous forces of nature.
What is Vertical ICF Block Construction?
In today’s construction industry, the demand for energy efficient homes and buildings as well as safe, disaster resistant rooms and buildings is rising, particularly in areas prone to tornadoes, hurricanes, and other natural disasters. Vertical ICF Block Construction, otherwise known as Vertical Insulated Concrete Form Block Construction, is a method within the sustainable architecture industry that fulfills this need.
Vertical ICF Block Construction is a system which provides poured-in-place concrete walls with insulation on both sides and is reinforced with rebar or the newer, stronger Helix micro-rebar fibers. This process results in slow-cured walls with 50% more strength than traditional non-insulated concrete walls. The addition of Helix can give Vertical ICF walls wind resistance up to 250mph, creating a disaster resistant structure, resistant to the forces of tornadoes, hurricanes, and floods.
Who Can Benefit from Vertical ICF Block Construction?
The applications of vertical insulated concrete wall forms in the construction of disaster-resistant safe rooms and buildings are endless. Clients range from a homeowner wanting to secure his family and their dwelling from disaster to hospitals, government & commercial buildings. Even modern, newly constructed schools are using Vertical ICF Block Construction to safeguard loved ones as well as belongings from nature’s wrath.
Alternative Energy Construction LLC of Springfield, MO specializes in building disaster resistant, eco-friendly homes and commercial buildings and is the Midwest’s leading contractor using Vertical ICF Block Construction with Helix reinforcement to provide peace-of-mind for the homeowner, commercial building owner or taxpayer that their home, office, school or hospital is as safe as it can be in the face of Mother Nature.
Contact Alternative Energy Construction LLC today to discuss your disaster-resistant and sustainable building needs. We are ready to serve you.