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22 August 2017
It's time to design your resilient home
In my last four blogs I have been writing about where to set up the plan B location, and only now do I get to write about the next step that we have to implement after we settle on the choice of property. That next step is to establish a resilient home.
It is imperative that this place will be designed to withstand anything that nature will throw at it and provide comfort and protection for you and your loved ones.
I hope that my plan B place will be used only as a place for vacation and fun but let's not forget, it is a plan B. If one day I have to go there, the chances are that something went wrong with my plan A and plan B better be a good one.
Let's go over several important aspects that we have to consider in establishing a resilient home.
First, you have to free yourself and go off-grid. It's much more than just not having bills to pay. In days of peace and stability, this may not mean a lot to most people. If things will change radically, it's better to be ready for it. Remember, independence is the key to a prosperous life.
Second, your home must be resilient. It has to be designed to keep you and your family comfortable and safe especially in cases of extreme weather conditions or natural disasters.
Properly built resilient homes are armored against the fury of nature and use much less energy than the average home of the same size, making it even more independent.
It is important to have a home that is earthquake, flood, and fire resistant, super-insulated, energy and water independent, termite and mold resistant, and energy efficient. As much of that as possible has to be achieved maximizing the use of green and eco-friendly materials.
To most people, all of that may sound like a mission impossible. However, this is not as hard as it sounds. There are so many creative and innovative technologies that became available for home builders in recent years.
Those who travel around the world can witness that there are changes in the construction industry. New ways of building are emerging, better materials are developed, and more efficient heating and cooling systems are used in passive built houses.
And contrary to common belief resilient passive homes are not that much more expensive to build than typical construction.
Sadly, a majority of builders in the USA are still building exactly the same way they did twenty, thirty or even forty years ago. Just a few things changed a tiny bit but not much at all.
Can you imagine to use a cell phone today made in the last century? Even from the last days of that century? That thought alone would frighten almost everyone today. Yet, the same people are just fine with builders selling them new houses that are so outdated.
In my opinion, we will see a drastic change in the construction industry soon. It has been neglected and unimproved for so long, and it's due for a positive change.
Now, let's get back to the next aspect of a resilient home because I've got carried away a bit...
Ideally, a resilient home should have food and essential supplies storage stocked and ready at all times. Please do not think that this may be done later if needed. It's like with car insurance; you can not buy it after the accident...