| by Kenneth Chase | 100 comments

This hurricane-proof home can withstand powerful storms


Year after year, storm after storm, these were the homes that were left standing. And people said, “If I’m going to build in the hurricane zone, this is what I want.” Our homes are exceptionally strong because we use materials that are very high quality. They’re often designed for high-wind zones, and of high-quality material you can’t just go to the store and buy. Our homes are panelized, so we’re pre-manufacturing sections of it in a factory and then shipping it out to you on the jobsite. Our round design is actually a self-supporting roof system, so it doesn’t have any interior load-bearing walls, which means that the inside can be laid out basically any way that you want. Total devastation. We lost part of the roof and most of the ceiling. But I’m still alive. Still here kicking. I took pictures of this place and the whole neighborhood the day before. We were all out here, all the neighbors. They just had their new roofs installed from the hailstorm. Everybody was cleaning up. We were getting ready for the weekend of fun. And then Harvey. So everybody’s like, “Okay, well we’re going to leave.” Because most of those people are vacation people, you know, they don’t live here full time. Not like us. Hurricane Harvey barreling into the Texas coastline. Storm surges are predicted to reach up to 12 feet. The city of Rockport, Texas, is right in Harvey’s path and is getting hit hard. I felt like I… this was a nuclear war had happened here, and my neighbors had been bombed. It was, it was hard and gut-wrenching to see the damage that a lot of people have suffered through, and their whole life is forever changed by this. Climate change is something that is hard to not think about when you see hurricane after hurricane after hurricane. The wildfires that have just hit California. It really makes you think about “If I’m gonna build a home, what is it going to be like 20 years from now? 50 years from now? 100 years from now?” I’m not just designing for today, but I’m designing for generations into the future. And what’s it gonna take to make sure that we resist those things? Having a lot that was half a block from the water, we thought we really need something that is hurricane resistant. And this round house concept, they can’t bill as, “hurricane-proof,” but when you look through the gallery pictures, there sure are a lot of pictures, as ours is now, of the Deltec house standing tall while everything around it is shattered. I think resilience, like passive survivability, is the concept of building a home that can withstand all kinds of weather extremes. It’s something that we have been really good at, and I want us to keep improving in that direction. Obviously, this round shape makes sense in a high-wind environment, and we’re able to get a lot less pressure building up on that home, just because of that design. But how do we go above and beyond that? Beyond just the shape? How do we engineer that to be even stronger? And so you see this, what we call “radial engineering,” where it’s like spokes on a wheel. And the entire home is like this wheel that works together, so the entire system is set up to resist those high winds. There really is nothing about what we do that is rocket science. It is a simple concept. And we have really perfected it over the last 50 years in the way that everything fits together and works together. And to me, what’s really special about the Deltec is there’s this combination of science and sort of high-tech manufacturing. But then, it blends so well with what I call, “the old-world craftsmanship.” We’re building this home. It’s out of wood. It’s not like it’s some new high-tech material. But the way that it performs is above and beyond really what any other wood home can do.

100 Comments

itzKal

Nov 11, 2017, 8:29 pm Reply

Dome homes have been around centuries. It's weird this is only now starting to catch on more, even though this is more cylindrical than a dome.

Ry

Nov 11, 2017, 8:48 pm Reply

In South Florida every house built within the past 30 years at least is made out of cinder blocks on a concrete foundation, the homes down here aren’t going anywhere.

corgidog

Nov 11, 2017, 8:51 pm Reply

Hurricane proof, ha just build you house out of concrete bricks and it will survive anything, worked for Ireland when it got hit with a hurricane…. like literally no damage a side from a corrugated roof falling off.

Simo Cmo

Nov 11, 2017, 9:13 pm Reply

Africans Been Doing This For Centuries.

PsychoChicken101

Nov 11, 2017, 10:51 pm Reply

Just move to Canada less stress and no hurricanes

qwertyqwerty

Nov 11, 2017, 10:56 pm Reply

Houses built with wood. Wood. And nails. What do you expect?? 😀 The US is just funny. Prefer rounded walls over proper materials.

Karsten Von Fjellheim

Nov 11, 2017, 10:58 pm Reply

The Verge, you are being bamboozled. Hurricane proof homes are called Monolithic homes, look it up.

sparkoenig

Nov 11, 2017, 11:58 pm Reply

Or they just stop building their houses with wood and start using concrete and bricks ?

ere

Nov 11, 2017, 12:15 am Reply

Then, why wood?

Reid I’Anson

Nov 11, 2017, 12:21 am Reply

I'm a Houston resident. Harvey was…a rough rough storm

kemark cooper

Nov 11, 2017, 12:49 am Reply

Just use cement and steel like the rest of the world! It might be a bit more expensive and takes awhile longer to build.. But u won't have to be worry abt hurricanes and termites smh

Dan Jones

Nov 11, 2017, 12:51 am Reply

Worst video title ever

forgiveness denied

Nov 11, 2017, 1:07 am Reply

whole world build houses from bricks, that are older than usa, but no! we want it cheap and fast

Adeeb Md

Nov 11, 2017, 2:54 am Reply

Go samsung

Shamar Coke

Nov 11, 2017, 3:16 am Reply

Humans really do amaze me what’s next earthquake proof

Ibliss

Nov 11, 2017, 3:55 am Reply

Is it ? proof though?

Kevin George

Nov 11, 2017, 5:23 am Reply

I like how all of the European and Asian commenters are suddenly professional civil engineers.

Eric G

Nov 11, 2017, 6:49 am Reply

My 1949 concrete home has stood up to plenty of storms, including Andrew. Cool though

Gerald Damasus

Nov 11, 2017, 7:32 am Reply

I’m confused..why are most American homes built using wood? You live in a country with natural disasters and you build an easily destroyable(and flammable) house? Or is there something better in using wood?

dan3324

Nov 11, 2017, 10:23 am Reply

oh yea ? can it withstand this ???

jerome vet

Nov 11, 2017, 11:04 am Reply

Hightech , whaha. i used these materials for building treehouses when i was young not a actual house ! , those roof beams are not even connecten trough a proper connection. just a cold connection with a metal mesh ? what ! and you still wonder why your homes keep blowing away 😀

Antenox

Nov 11, 2017, 4:02 pm Reply

Look at all the smart commenters trying to talk down to engineers

Anand Goyal

Nov 11, 2017, 7:02 pm Reply

Step 1: stop using wood
Step 2: delete this video

Cody Snyder

Nov 11, 2017, 7:45 pm Reply

This entire video is basically an advertisement and they have the nerve to stick another ad in the corner?
WE ARE ALREADY LIVING IN THE DYSTOPIC, CORPORATE FUTURE WHERE YOUR ENTERTAINMENT IS PAYED AND PICKED BY CORPORATIONS AND THEN THEY EVEN RUB IT IN YOUR FACE NOW AND SLAP ANOTHER AD ON TOP THE AD THEY ARE TRYING TO SELL YOU!!! WOW

Trong Huoa

Nov 11, 2017, 9:32 pm Reply

This is definitely an advert…no doubt.

Szymon Labunski

Nov 11, 2017, 11:04 pm Reply

Ah dang, Samsung again eh… they are really going for the 3D home initiatives… I dig it!

Marvin Uche

Nov 11, 2017, 3:58 am Reply

Why does the background music sound like Stranger things?

Thanex

Nov 11, 2017, 8:22 am Reply

Can it withstand geostorm?

Am Ine

Nov 11, 2017, 11:45 pm Reply

archaic building techniques !!! who else is still building plywood "houses" ??? and you dare presenting it as a new technology ????

Eggs

Nov 11, 2017, 2:42 am Reply

AMERICANS USE CEMENT AND CONCRETE YOU GUYS USE WOOD AND CARDBOARD!

untrustingfruit

Nov 11, 2017, 4:31 am Reply

I just watched a lame ad.

chris hill

Nov 11, 2017, 8:00 pm Reply

liberal idiots and 'climate change'. dumb…sure prep what you need to do, stop trying to control mother nature you tards

Gabriella Saunders

Nov 11, 2017, 9:52 am Reply

United attitude lens pretty return past tightly estimated like score.

mega guy

Nov 11, 2017, 6:17 pm Reply

Yurt

Thomas Bekkenes

Nov 11, 2017, 8:37 am Reply

why isnt this tagged as a commercial?
I like it, but still..

Jammer53

Nov 11, 2017, 2:01 pm Reply

These were first used in Mongolia…..yurt.

janeet baj

Dec 12, 2017, 9:06 am Reply

You don't need house that are hurricane proof if you don't have hurricanes…… I live in a landlocked country

Tr

Jun 6, 2018, 6:36 am Reply

Wood and paper house aint gonna savr you from storm

Richard Bramley

Jul 7, 2018, 2:49 am Reply

Yep, stucco frame homes. Florida learned its lesson after Andrew. They coded out stucco built homes, and went back to re-enforced concrete block, with hip roofs and roof straps. Add a full size, full load, built in generator, and if possible a well, with a water treatment system, you’re pretty much as safe as you can be. Add roll down aluminum shutters that lock in place and ride it out. Also consider location, don’t build next to a river, or right on the damn beach. Also, water dams work amazingly well. With the latest elevation requirements, roof codes and footer thickness codes, houses today, can stand up to a hurricane. House built in the 70’s and 80’s not so much, especially if they have gable roofs. They tend to get ripped off.

Jacob Ry

Jul 7, 2018, 11:12 pm Reply

yeah in florida all houses are like this

Harry Hathaway

Aug 8, 2018, 5:26 pm Reply

I would think that if you built house with all screws hardened steel screws instead of nails that would help quite a bit yes it would be more labor-intensive and costly but it take it would work.

Marie Annas

Sep 9, 2018, 2:29 pm Reply

A yurt man made. Old concept and a good one

Geri Brandon

Sep 9, 2018, 2:00 pm Reply

If you get floods. does water get in the house. Are windows weather proof that flying objects cant break. or it only good for high winds?

Rosalina Ayala

Oct 10, 2018, 3:54 pm Reply

All the houses in Puerto Rico built from concrete with concrete roofs made it through Maria just fine. A round wooden house is more resistant to wind but can't come near concrete no matter what you do to it.

SHadow Banned

Oct 10, 2018, 5:40 am Reply

You built a home on the beach… What do you expect?

J. Arias

Oct 10, 2018, 5:58 am Reply

A round design like the old Japanese world.

No F

Oct 10, 2018, 6:51 am Reply

concrete not wood

Johnny Knoxville

Oct 10, 2018, 2:17 pm Reply

lol the moron using climate change as a talking point. yeah b/c hurricanes didn't exist before the motor vehicle and modern society.

Johnny Knoxville

Oct 10, 2018, 2:19 pm Reply

please don't confuse your "high tech home" , cheap illegal labor and what the immigrants built in this country 100 years ago. it's not even close to the same hand made quality.

shiny face syndrome

Oct 10, 2018, 11:29 pm Reply

I want my house to be built with Tungsten, carbon nano fiber. I want a formidable and indestructible fortress. a hurricane CAT 10 cannot knock my fortress down…

Dbf Crell

Oct 10, 2018, 8:12 am Reply

And best of all, a 3800sq ft round home is realllly affordable.

Taylor Newell

Oct 10, 2018, 12:50 am Reply

Every house in hurricane country needs to be built like this. No more rebuilding and rebuilding. Do it right the first time. I'm out!!

geonerd

Oct 10, 2018, 2:21 pm Reply

This is 95% BS – there's nothing magic about the shape. How much did they pay you for this advertisement, Verge? (Trash News at its finest!)

kishansee see

Oct 10, 2018, 11:47 pm Reply

house with wood is not strong.not need to tell you that.

hebneh

Oct 10, 2018, 8:14 am Reply

Every video like this one gets comments from smug non-Americans about how flimsy US houses supposedly are. But most places in the world never undergo storms of the strength like some hurricanes and / or tornadoes that strike North America. Bricks and cement blocks, if not reinforced with rebar inside, will be destroyed in really big storms just like wooden walls will be.

Renata Gross

Oct 10, 2018, 8:02 pm Reply

Well done !

R defendr1

Oct 10, 2018, 7:40 am Reply

Didn't anybody read the story, "Three Little Pigs"?

mogeking56

Oct 10, 2018, 2:26 am Reply

Just look at the homes that Genghis Khan and his people lived in for thousands of years, they were round and they withstand the high winds if that region.

Irisa Negrete-Hernandez

Oct 10, 2018, 12:06 pm Reply

Where are your films of these homes after a grade 4-5 hurricane?

Shawn White

Oct 10, 2018, 9:17 pm Reply

Wouldn’t adding ‘wings’ to the house take away the benefit of it being round?

D STR

Oct 10, 2018, 11:10 pm Reply

Climate change – lmao – Hurricanes have been catastrophic throughout history, nothing to do with climate change. Homes in the 1800's built on the beach were built stronger cause the home owner built it to live there. Then Contractors started building for profit ,not strength and survival. I lived my whole life in Florida , Concrete with rebar rods built on stilts is the best. But eventually concrete cracks and rebar rust from the massive salt in the water.

T1000 MB

Oct 10, 2018, 3:41 pm Reply

Most concrete structure homes in Trinidad where I'm from are built to withstand strong winds.

luis Torres

Oct 10, 2018, 11:29 pm Reply

In the Caribbean the houses are made of blocks and concrete. There are no problems with hurricanes

Aurea Oliveira

Nov 11, 2018, 11:01 am Reply

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Happybidr

Nov 11, 2018, 9:36 pm Reply

Why would I want to do business with a company called Deltec whose president thinks wildfires should be blamed on global warming (climate change was just the lingo change they made to see if more suckers would buy into it)? Wildfires have been happening thanks to lightning since the beginning of time. How does he explain the dozens of homes shown in this video that do NOT use his building techniques but still happily and safely survived a major hurricane????

Just Friend

Dec 12, 2018, 10:56 pm Reply

I call American homes cardboard boxes nothing else its f joke.

Just Friend

Dec 12, 2018, 10:58 pm Reply

I grow up in country where houses cant got burned or easy destroyed by winds in my 30 years there never hear about house destroyed by fair or wind.Its coast of Dalmatia Adriatic Sea.

nicholas8nj

Dec 12, 2018, 11:28 pm Reply

Amazing concept of building a house to protect you from hurricanes and tornadoes should be used moreso for infrastructure and human life protecting. ?

NAIEM HANIFF

Jan 1, 2019, 6:27 am Reply

Lame

pdxeddie1111

Jan 1, 2019, 10:28 pm Reply

reminds me of a mongolian yurt and I guess they figured out long ago round was better for wind. I wonder why we never adopted that design in the tornado and hurricane areas sooner? I guess probably being European mostly we just designed the way Europe did and that was fundamentally flawed for a good portion of the Americas. Then again Native american tepees were designed to withstand wind also.

Curtis Nelson

Feb 2, 2019, 3:21 pm Reply

Horrible idea, why not make it a fully complete circle instead of an octagon?

FoxyStealth

Feb 2, 2019, 5:11 am Reply

Radial Engineering "Spokes on a a wheel" @3:29

K. Ganesan Ganesan

Feb 2, 2019, 10:15 pm Reply

Avoid RCC building.

K. Ganesan Ganesan

Feb 2, 2019, 10:17 pm Reply

Use Fibre Reinforced concrete.

Lance Pickell

Feb 2, 2019, 6:20 pm Reply

you use wood because its cheaper

worldpeace32

Mar 3, 2019, 11:34 pm Reply

Why not dome shaped instead of cone shaped roofs

roger white

Apr 4, 2019, 10:05 pm Reply

the best hurricane resistant homes are the ones not near Florida

Jim Akemon

Apr 4, 2019, 3:18 am Reply

lol, so they built a wooden yurt

Sassy Sasquatch

Apr 4, 2019, 5:43 pm Reply

If the house beams were made of steel and or aluminium it would be even stronger also you could bolt the house to a concrete platform.

Lee Schaub

May 5, 2019, 4:02 pm Reply

I would hardly call a stick frame "hurricane proof". Best I've seen yet was one I worked on in Isles Worth Fl. Completely poured in place 10" thick concrete ICF exterior, and 4" thick ICF interior. Yes, the interior rooms were poured in place concrete with drywall facia. All doors (int & ext) and windows steel frame, and poured in place. All windows were triple pane, ballistic rated with roll down aluminum shutters. All steel and concrete riser to second floor. Composite steel and concrete trussing, and decking on 2nd floor and roof. Also precast gables, and was topped by PVC roofing that looked like red terra cotta tile, but won't break even if you take a sledge to it. I will admit, it was a multi-millionaire's home, but it was by far the most hurricane proof home I have ever seen. We used to joke that an A-10 couldn't even knock on their door. It is a veritable fortress.

tatum ergo

May 5, 2019, 6:10 pm Reply

Texas suffered what Florida went through with hurricane Andrew. Now a day's all houses in Florida need to meet code, well at least in south Florida.

Karen R Scott

May 5, 2019, 11:35 pm Reply

What is wrong with using steel to replace wood always using wood. Steel stone concrete!

Nel Rose

May 5, 2019, 7:59 am Reply

building pyramids is the answer

Mike Honcho

Jun 6, 2019, 9:06 pm Reply

Is it Miami-Dade County approved?

Troy

Jun 6, 2019, 10:33 pm Reply

Never understood of the concept of a box house especially in area where winds can be destructive.

TCGC2013

Jun 6, 2019, 5:20 pm Reply

The home and the concept is awesome! Looking down at some of the comments, we appear to have masters of doubt. Those who more than likely doubt science based evidence in other areas as well. Technology today is about measurements and innovation is driven by information and lessons-learned. If you want to know price… and I think any logical-thinking American (looking at the video, the home is quite expensive. For me, I can only pipe-dream about owning a home such as this awesome modern development and professional accomplishment. Not to mention this also meets and exceeds the 2013, FEMA/DHS building criteria, many builders in attendance that year, cried about.
To the Verge, I say…"Go On With Yo' Bad Selves"!
Thank you for your awesome contribution… and vision, to the future of life and property resilience, to the destructive effects of disaster and emergencies. TCGC- OUT~

no one

Jul 7, 2019, 12:49 pm Reply

lol

Dora FTL Kidz Bop Rulez AUTTP

Jul 7, 2019, 6:34 pm Reply

It can also withstand tornadoes, right?

Angus McLay

Jul 7, 2019, 2:58 pm Reply

did they never read the three little pigs?

Khobeh

Jul 7, 2019, 5:35 am Reply

I really want to live there.

alan wisdom

Aug 8, 2019, 11:00 pm Reply

The best would be a house with a system in case of a hurricane, where the house would go into the ground, totally protect, but it would cost a fortune

Sugarsail1

Sep 9, 2019, 10:35 pm Reply

anthropogenic climate change is a scam…sorry that this company felt obligated to parrot the scammers apocalyptic cult to sell their excellent product.

Richard Brout

Sep 9, 2019, 7:47 pm Reply

Or……… (pro tip).. don't live in a #$%ing Hurricane zone?????

Linzie Rogers

Sep 9, 2019, 12:23 pm Reply

Don't like it? Don't buy it. If your house is standing after a hurricane and those around you are destroyed, that says something.

Mark Doney-MacLeod

Sep 9, 2019, 12:12 pm Reply

Make a dome of concrete and place it on stilts that are fixed 5 metres into the ground/ solid rock. the winds can't rip it as it doesn't have corners, the water passes below and your power can be kept in batteries powered by the sun. Why aren't you building houses for the future? Rainwater tanks that are filtered and stored below ground in sealed tanks/ clean water! It's not rocket science and the materials are readily available. can't you raise the level of your town if you get together and pay for it?

homesculpt

Sep 9, 2019, 2:42 am Reply

Just thinking the house should be more detailed

Σταύρος Δράκος

Sep 9, 2019, 7:37 pm Reply

Its all about aerodynamics. If you are redirecting the wind instead of taking the full force head on even weak materials can survive.The only problem with weak materials like wood is flying debris

Asia Hibbler

Sep 9, 2019, 4:26 am Reply

Humm. What about tornadoes?

Zhazmin Wynter Defiyahqueen

Sep 9, 2019, 12:39 am Reply

I'm from the Caribbean islands of Trinidad and Tobago… And although our islands barely get real damage in hurricane season… Most of our homes are built with concrete and bricks. The concept of a round home is good as far as the wind goes.. Cause in Trinidad we have these 3 big mountains in the northern range called the Trinity hills and Basically the power of the hurricane just beats against the back of those mountains and around it like a big wall.

Queencity Limo

Sep 9, 2019, 7:42 am Reply

I like the round house. Looks cool.

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