It has been over two years since the deadly Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, a Caribbean Island. The citizens are still looking for a safe and affordable housing solution. With the vision to make a difference, local architect Astrid Diaz has come up with a modular home that can withstand hurricane-force winds and be built for just $30,000.
Diaz’s new hurricane-proof modular house is on display at a building products factory in Toa Baja, about 20 miles west of its capital San Juan.
Currently a prototype, it has walls and roof made of polyurethane foam – a lightweight, economical and durable building material. Furthermore, the structure is strengthened with a galvanized steel mesh that provides load-bearing capacity. A coat of mortar on the outside adds weight and structural stability while also gives it the appearance of a typical Puerto Rican concrete home.
Diaz has designed one, two or three-bedroom versions of the modular home to suit different space needs. More rooms/floors can also be added in future and there is a possibility to include plenty of features local residents may like, including cross-ventilation and natural illumination.
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She wants to make use of modern construction technology to build hurricane-proof homes. These modular homes can withstand wind speeds of up to 184 miles per hour and with a $30K price tag, it might be an affordable post-disaster housing option for the island.
She will soon be installing two of these hurricane-proof modular houses on the island of Vieques. She sees the first one will be a new generation of affordable, hurricane-proof homes for Puerto Rico.
Featured image is for representational purpose only. Originally the image is of Deltec roundish prefab homes.
He visto ese tipo de construcción en edificios de más de 12 pisos ese foam con malla de acero y luego le disparan concreto y lo empañetan y lo pintan. Queda tremendo.
FIRE would be a disaster – molton, dripping balls of flame that would stick to skin and devour you. Water sponge and what exactly do you mean by “hurricane Proof”? Cat 1 – Cat5?