Enclave of eight homes under construction, Port Aransas, Texas
Credit: Steve Berkus Enclave of eight homes under construction, Port Aransas, Texas
Coastal Fortified Homes are a solution to the costly impact caused by coastal storms on traditional construction methods and materials.
Credit: Steve Berkus Coastal Fortified Homes are a solution to the costly impact caused by coastal storms on traditional construction methods and materials.

Designed with regionally inspired architecture and engineered to withstand a Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds of up to 200 mph and accompanying floodwater, an enclave of eight precast insulated concrete homes is taking shape and nearing completion. Coastal Fortified Homes are designed as an innovative solution to the costly impact caused by coastal storms on traditional construction methods and materials.

CEO Steve Berkus explains, “The objective is to create relevant, competitively priced housing for responsible living within low-lying coastal regions.”

Each home provides 1,600 square feet of two-story living space and a rooftop terrace with coastal views. Insurability, typically a major hurdle for traditional construction in coastal regions, coupled with the other savings, will substantially reduce the overall cost of operation. The building system also provides sustainability through higher energy efficiency, durability, and resistance to mold, mildew, and termites.

With the pilot project nearing its scheduled completion of May, 2015, Berkus and his team have already set their sights beyond the Gulf Coast. “We intend to fully explore the marketplace,” says Berkus, “building the puzzle on a national scale.”

A division of Resilient Home Building Systems, Coastal Fortified Homes offer regionally-inspired architectural design. Exclusive alliances with top national concrete precasters, Heldenfels Enterprises and Gate Precast Systems, as well as collaborative alliances with industry leaders in manufacturing and consulting are a key aspect to the Coastal Fortified Home platform.