One consideration many home buyers do have when purchasing a new home in Florida, is flooding. Despite warnings that flooding in the state will continue throughout the century, cities such as Miami and Miami Beach are working hard to install seawalls and flood pumps and the housing market has remained strong. Battling floods involves more than sea-level efforts, of course. The use of new materials in construction is also doing plenty to keep homes safe from the natural elements. If you are looking for a new home and Florida, ask the realtor if any are made with these cutting edge materials!
Titanium Plates vs the Elements
Titanium may be known for its fineness and lightness, but it is a sturdy powerhouse material that is highly resistant to heat, earthquakes,and,of course, corrosion - which is great news for those living in rainy and flood-prone areas. Titanium plate in roofs, for instance, can last for over 50 years without the need for maintenance. As noted in an article published in Scientific, because titanium has such a long lifespan, it “tends to be cheaper than other material in terms of life cycle costs.” Engineers predict that its demand in construction will continue to grow over the next few decades.
Few things are more unsightly than cracked concrete walls, making those that can fix themselves, very attractive for those living in wet areas. Self-healing concrete was used by the ancient Romans for below-water constructions but today, the technology producing it is far more advanced. The secret to this groundbreaking material is bacillus bacteria, mixed into the concrete prior to its use. This bacteria is capable of producing limestone to fill any cracks that form over the years. The bacteria can live for centuries, making it another useful material for homes and buildings that stand the test of time.
Imagine being able to generate electricity by using photovoltaic glass on your windows, building facades, atriums, terrace floors, and roofs. Photovoltaic glazing is a revolutionary material that produces its own energy in the same way that solar panels have done before it. This material is made of two or more heat treated safety glass and it has additional properties - including those of thermal insulation and soundproofing. It provides clean energy from the sun, yet filters 99% of harmful UV radiation.
In February 2019, the world was presented with a unique home in Nova Scotia; one that was built from 600,000 recycled plastic bottles. It is known that plastics are destroying our oceans and littering our landfills, so what better way to put them to good use than in residential homes? “This is a way to get rid of plastic waste and at the same time develop structures that are sustainable,” said the founder of the startup that has built this home. For the project, the bottles were melted and formed into six-inch-thick walls. The result are ultra sturdy walls that provide significantly more insulation than the average wall, thus allowing dwellers to save on heating and cooling. Don’t think the walls will succumb to pressure, either; testing has shown that they stand up to winds with speeds that are twice as strong as a level 5 hurricane.
From titanium to self-healing concrete, plastic bottles to liquid granite, a plethora of new materials are popping up that are strong, sturdy, and often more sustainable than their predecessors. The materials themselves may have existed for centuries, but new uses are casting them in a whole new light. When purchasing your home, ensure the materials that make it up are resistant to wind and floods as well as comfortable and, in the long run, more economically efficient.