This Durable Beach House is Designed to Withstand Powerful Storms

By: Katherine Pendrill - Aug 14, 2015
References: surehouse.org & fastcoexist
A group of students from Hoboken, New Jersey designed a durable beach house that can withstand the force of powerful storms. After Hurricane Sandy devastated much of New Jersey in 2012, the state sought to work on constructing more resilient buildings. The 'Sure House' can not only withstand powerful hurricanes, but it can even supply emergency power to neighboring homes.

The students worked in conjunction with Stevens Institute of Technology to come up with the design for the durable beach house. The flood-proof home is armored against extreme weather and features windows made from three layers of 600 pound glass. The home itself is ultra-low energy and uses 90 percent less electricity than comparable buildings. The power that it does consume is supplied by a series of solar panels on the roof of the structure. This power can be used to juice up electric vehicles or even supply energy to neighboring homes in the event of a disaster.