When you think of a secure home, your first thought might be of an extra fortified, bunker-like building with metal doors and endless tins of canned food stacked within its pantries. This idea of a disaster-proof home is straight out of an action movie, and thankfully, this is far from the case in real life.
Fire resistant homes and earthquake resistant homes typically don’t have to appear any different from an ordinary, average home. The difference lies in the home’s resilience, its ability to survive disasters, and its unparalleled capacity to keep its occupants safe, but these differences are virtually undetectable from the outside.
Why a Fire Resistant Home?
It is true that many fires begin internally. However, fires from other locations, including an adjacent building or even from wildfires, could just as easily spread. Embers can travel extremely long distances and catch on items near homes. The spread of a fire is dangerous and unpredictable.
The National Institute of Building Sciences states that the country which faces the highest cost in losses and the most frequency of losses from fires is America. This means that while chances of being part of the statistics aren’t high, they’re certainly much more likely than they would be in other countries. Homes – including its structure, windows, walls, compound, and doors – should be ready to stand against a blaze and, if push comes to shove, ensure the safety of the lives of its occupants, their assets, and their important documents.
Why an Earthquake Resistant Home?
While seismic activity does not seem like an imminent threat, an earthquake could have incredibly extensive financial consequences. Tens of thousands of dollars may need to go into repairing a home damaged by an earthquake, and sometimes there is little choice but to rebuild the entire home from scratch.
On top of that, injuries to the occupants due to an earthquake will likely be caused by a faulty foundation or a collapsed section of the house.
iMetros’ Net Zero Homes are built with steel frames rather than wood with fire resistant exterior and roofing materials. They are also engineered to exceed the highest residential building codes on the west coast to withstand all seismic activities. One other major advantage of our Net Zero Homes is the weight to strength ratio of our framing. Steel is more durable and stronger than wood and it weights a lot less. Therefore there is less structural weight over the foundation.
Disaster-Resistant Energy Efficient Homes are a Reality
Our decades of expertise in Real Estate Development coupled with understanding of current technologies in engineering, designs and construction led to creation of our energy efficient, luxurious disaster resistant Net Zero Homes, which we plan to place globally.
Partnership and Investment Opportunities
iMetros offers investment and partnership opportunities on individual development and placement of its Net Zero Homes. We are interested in acquisition of lands in metropolitan proximities, which could be divided to smaller entitle-able lots (min 4 homes). We invite investors, land owner and real estate professionals to explore our offerings.