How Green homes protect you from calamities
Natural calamities occur due to various reasons. When the nature gets disturbed, storms or earthquakes take place and disrupt the lives of people living in the affected area. Green homes, though, are not completely storm or earthquake resistant homes; they do have less impact of the calamity unlike the traditional houses. Prefab green homes can allow you to have some benefits to combat the possible damages that can be caused to your home in an earthquake.
Unconventional, less expensive and sustainable resources for building houses are taking up the space, and are replacing traditional resources gradually. People are moving towards eco-friendly, energy efficient and designer-luxury homes from the brick and mortar houses that require a high maintenance cost in the long run.
In India, the northern region close to the Himalayas is susceptible to earthquake and the people living there would broadly benefit from these prefab homes as they are resistant to calamities to a certain level compared to traditional homes.
Here, we are focusing on some earthquake resistant features that a prefab home can offer you.
Building a box-frame
An earthquake always places a sideways load over a building, which makes it crumble to that particular side with more weight-load. Using a prefab structure, the walls, floors and foundations along with the roof can be constructed like a rigid firm box which would withstand the sideways pressure during an earthquake. Prefabricated homes are eco-friendly as well as beneficial in such natural calamities.
Construction materials matter
From an earthquake point of view, the worst structure prone to earthquake is built with non-reinforced masonry like brick or concrete blocks. Usually, the walls of a traditional house are built with bricks and mortar; the bricks are stacked upon each other and the mortar holds them together. Then, the roof is placed upon the concrete beams, which are laid across the top of the wall. The foundation carries the weight of the roof through the wall. When the tremors of earthquake are high enough to jolt the ground, the walls start crumbling sideways and the masonry with roof falls over the inmates like a stack of cards. As prefab homes are constructed with modern technologies, they are lighter, firm and resistant to the earthquake, as a result the amount of casualty is minimal.
A sturdy foundation
With the increased size and height of a traditional house, the load over the foundation increases as well. Even though the structure has strong walls, the foundation starts to sink or tip over the structure with time. As prefabricated homes are lighter than masonry (brick, sand and mortar), it causes less pressure and load on the foundation. The high-tech process and advanced building materials can actually have an advantage over the conventional construction, when it comes to earthquake resistant buildings.
There are numerous opportunities for home owners when they should choose modular homes. These gorgeous homes are easy to maintain, fast to construct, highly functional, designed by professional architects and decorated by interior designers. They go beyond the expectations of a traditional house as they are designed with the most innovative technologies of the present day. These prefab homes are crafted in such a way that the environmental effects are keenly taken into consideration. The minimal wastage during assembly and installation, reduced count of labor and less time consumption makes them a perfect nest for you.
These prefabricated houses use insulated walls, which in turn reduces your HVAC costs to a great extent, and allows you to invest in other add-on services for your house. They are heading towards the new innovations in storm resistant homes, though, India experiences storms less often. The technology would be an eye opener for new home buyers in the near future.