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There are some folks here in McIntosh County who plan to take refuge in my house when the next big hurricane bears down on our Georgia coast. The reason my neighbors see my home as a safe haven in a storm is because it is constructed with an almost indestructible material: concrete. Compared with traditional wood-frame homes, concrete homes are resist fire, hurricanes, and insects and are strong, economical to build, and energy-efficient.

When some folks visualize a concrete home, they think of something ugly, gray, and massive—not unlike a bomb shelter. And who can blame them? Fortunately, with intelligent design, concrete can be transformed into an energy-efficient and beautiful material. We have the technology to produce lightweight concrete building components that create a quiet and safe dwelling.