If you're gonna be dumb, you better be tough
BETTER answer.... Just build it in Canada...we have plenty of flood planes
for the moronic and a well established reputation for helping our neighbours
as opposed to using high powered fire arms to solve all our problems.
Some places to start:
1: The buildings at the top of Mount Washington are a good example to
follow for wind resistance. They withstood a storm in which gusts
topped 230mph, the highest winds ever recorded. Worth a look if you
want a house that'll handle any winds Mother Nature might blow its way.
2: The dutch have designed well for slow rising water. They've built
houses that float. Not house boats, mind you. These homes have
floating concrete foundations that will rise and fall with rising water
levels. (I knew that thesis I heard of where a stoner physics student
designd and floated a concrete boat and got credit for it would have
some use somewhere, but I digress).
An idea I had was a house with a two story garage and an amphibian car
in it. Living area on the second floor. When slow rising water comes,
the car/boat rises up, and I can go out of my house like I normally
would, climb into my car/boat, and drive off.
3: Storm surge is already designed for in many parts of the Gulf Coast.
Houses are up on stilts, as many of our Florida contingent here on
alt.architecture can explain.
4: As for unwanted government and looter home invasion, the best
defense is you. Your eyes and ears, a video camera, and a gun. If you
design your home to physically withstand the worst storms, it logically
follows that you should be able to stay there safely during the worst
storms, and the best defense against looters is a physical presence and
a gun; the best defense against government is a video camera.
A house that's a veritable fortress against intruders wouldn't be
pleasant to live during the 99.9% of the time when there's not a
hurricane pummelling it or looters attacking it. That's my view anyway.
5: Another thing to think about is plumbing. Namely, when the power
goes out, the water will as well. I've seen and smelled a toilet that's
been full and not flushed for 2 weeks straight; you -do not- want that
in your house.
Some auxiliary toilet, an out house even, that doesn't rely on running
water is certainly in-order for a hurricane proof house.
If you have power, you can use an electric toilet..
If not, you could use some form of camp toilet, with collection bags, and
store them in a larger drum when full.
You'll want a holding tank and filtering system for showers, etc using
recycled water. maybe some form of solar heating? You'll also want a
storage system for potable water.
Use several smaller generators that can be synced together to form a larger
one if needed. Propane/natural gas provides the best long term storage,
but diesel is easier to resupply, and can be hauled in drums, or jerrycans.
Make sure you have a stock of suitable containers to transfer fuel.
Gasoline is not a good choice for long term storage.
A storage battery/inverter system could also be used to reduce generator
run times, possibly with photovoltaics, although the survivability of
photovoltaics in the storm is highly questionable.
-- Welcome My Son, Welcome To The Machine --
Bob Vaughan | techie @ tantivy.net |
I like the way you think.
Put a composting toilet on the second floor.
And add a rooftop vegetable garden.
And a cistern to catch rain water.
Life could be sustained indefinitely.
Would one of those transparent plastic tent/ water purifiers that they
say to use if you're adrift at sea work on nasty flood waters? Or is it
just for getting the salt out of sea water? Anyoone know?
Why not? A composting toilet works like a compost pile. Basically it
turns waste into nutrient-rich topsoil.
The topsoil is then used to help grow the plants in the vegetable garden.
If you're looking to build a house that can not only withstand a
hurricane but can also allow you to live relatively comfortably while
the power and water is still out, this sort of adaptive reuse of human
waste makes alot of sense.
They work by evaporating water, which is volatile, and then condensing it on
the cool surface. Depends on the other contents, like salt, not being
volatile. For the nasty mix along the gulf coast, part of the problem is
petroleum components, which are also volatile. So it might actually produce
a product water with a higher concentration of some of the impurities.
Depends on vapor pressure, condensation temperature, etc.
Only if you've got a really big freaking roof.
What you really want is to replace the attic and
roof with a greenhouse, so as to control pests
and weather. But the people/sqft ratio is
really low, until you start investing in some
serious intensive gardening equipment.
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