RRSI homes will incorporate structural materials, insulation, siding, and drywall within the most vulnerable areas of the homes that will be mold proof, fire proof, water proof, and air tight.
Resilient homes are designed to maintain “survivable” conditions for its occupants in the event of extended utility outages.
Upgrade options to include solar electric and/or solar thermal panel systems on the roofs will provide for some electricity and hot water in the event of utility outages.
RRSI homes will be outfitted with special wiring connections/switches that will facilitate easy hookups of outdoor emergency portable generators to power certain dedicated outlets during electric utility outages.
Insulated Concrete Forms
Structural walls and floors will be constructed out of highly insulating, water proof, air tight, mold proof, termite proof, and fire proof concrete walls built with insulated concrete form systems. The ICF system is made with rigid thermal insulation that stays in place as a permanent interior and exterior substrate for walls and floors. During the past 70+ years, ICF construction has become commonplace high performance residential construction as more stringent energy efficiency and natural disaster resistant building codes are adopted. The system allows for much higher comfort levels in addition to achieving extremely low costs for heating/cooling homes.
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Fiber Cement Siding
In lieu of wood, vinyl, and aluminum siding systems, fiber cement siding (a material made up of sand, cement, and cellulose fibers) has been gaining a larger share of the marketplace due to its many features. It requires very little maintenance once installed and painted, and, it is not susceptible to termites or rot.
Energy Efficient Wall, Floor, and Roof Construction Assemblies
RRSI homes are designed to provide superior, properly ventilated, “envelopes” that serve to significantly reduce operating costs (lower utility bills), increase comfort levels by reducing drafts, and allow a more quiet and pleasant home environment.