Imagine a hurricane-proof house – a building raised over 6 feet above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) that is built with such structural fortitude that it withstands Category 5 winds whirling at over 150 miles-per-hour. This was the house that Eric Price, Spray Foam Inspector, had envisioned prior to the hurricane that devastated New Orleans in 2005: Katrina. When she slammed into the Louisiana and Mississippi coastlines, she brought with her tsunami-like waves that flooded the below-sea-level city of New Orleans. Months of water stood in the neighborhoods of New Orleans. Living through this cataclysmic event has galvanized Price’s desire to design and build a hurricane house that is priced similar to a regular home.
An energy-efficient green-built residence, Eric’s hurricane homes would be designed using the highest building standards ever imagined. In a presentation before the New Orleans City Building officials, Price extolled the attributes of his dream home, which include the following: elevation above the flood zone, fire resistant wood, steel reinforcements, hurricane-latched roof, water-resistive exterior covered with fire resistive cement boards, and properly installed spray foam insulation.