For Such A Time As This
Folks have seen damage to their homes and businesses from hurricanes, tornadoes, ice storms, flooding, and fires in both of the Carolinas. Hurricane and flood occurrences based on 100 year and 500 year projections have statistically collapsed. Homes and businesses are again under water in North Carolina and South Carolina only two years after Hurricane Matthew in 2016, tornadoes in Autryville and Greensboro in 2017, and now Hurricane Florence in 2018.
Problems and Challenges
Most county and state governments have adopted the international building codes and try to enforce zoning rules and regulations that discourage building in low lying or flood prone areas. Without these codes, damages would be much greater than it is. There will always be the unexpected weather-related events that defy current knowledge and trends. We need housing solutions that have a greater chance of withstanding some of the weather-related challenges in storm prone areas. The storms have wreaked havoc on traditional building materials and mobile homes and has caused federal, state, and local governments to re-evaluate building codes and building materials for commercial and residential projects. Designers and architects are increasingly experimenting with metal for designing unique and innovative structures which are sturdier, lightweight, low on maintenance, and durable. RGJ is introducing general contractors and home buyers to a sturdier product that can be assembled in less time than traditional modular homes. A metal frame home will cost more than a wood frame house, is more energy efficient, and has a greater chance of surviving the next hurricane.
The NexGen Framing System is a proven green building technology with over thirteen (13) years of use. It consists of three principal components: X4 Wall and roof system made from cold rolled light gauge steel trusses for roof and floor trusses and cold rolled steel wall panels for all non-insulated interior walls. The company uses the highest grade G90 galvanized steel made in the United States. Steel lasts hundreds of years and has the highest strength-to-weight ratio with no weak spots, dry-rot, termites, moisture or mold to compromise the structure. Steel has a positive consistent load path and is dimensionally stable and will not warp, split, or creep. NexGen is trade friendly, fast and easy to erect on-site with minimal training/labor. This framing system can be used to build almost any type or style of structure. It is partially insulated and open walls with pre-punched service holes that make wiring and plumbing easier and faster. There is significant reductions in labor, materials, waste, builder insurance costs, suppliers, build-out times, call-backs and back office costs add up to tremendous savings.
Designed and engineered together as a single building system, it creates an extremely energy efficient, light weight (1.6LBs/SF), durable and strong structure built to last for generations. The strength of steel is the same in all loading directions functioning as a versatile canvas for taller and wider buildings that use land more efficiently. It’s lighter than wood, making it easier to manipulate and install without heavy equipment or large crews. Panelized walls erected as tilt-wall can save from 60% to 80% in jobsite labor and time, reduce waste and dumpster usage, and minimize delays which translates to significant reduction in framing cycle times.
The NexGen framing system is engineered for specific wind, seismic design criteria, and fire-safety. It is combined with an adjustable thickness and r-value suitable for any climatic region in the world. It meets TAS Hurricane Laboratory test requirements for impact, wind load, and moisture. Steel absorbs energy, bends without breaking and is lighter, thus providing less inertia. Steel is a Class 1 fire rated material that is 100% non-combustible and will not feed a fire. The company’s insulative foams are also Class 1 fire rated. NexGen conforms to the International Building Codes. The company is based in Florida, another hurricane-prone state, where it meets all of the state’s building codes.
NexGen’s patented X4 Wall & Framing Technology offer both environmental and financial sustainability for the developer, builder, and owner with many advantages over traditional building methods. It has maximum energy efficiency variable depth/r-value walls, multiple types of insulation and zero thermal bridging helps in building designs that meet/exceed design criteria, stringent energy building codes and rating systems. All steel components are made from recycled autos, appliances, etc. and translates to low/zero maintenance that comes with wood structures. A zero-waste fabrication process combined with low to no hand framing on the jobsite results in less than 2% waste compared to 20% plus waste in traditional building methods.
RGJ is partnering with NexGen Framing System, LLC, Panelized Construction Technologies, LLC, and Living Waters Consulting, LLC to use the NexGen framing system to build homes in storm damaged areas in North Carolina and South Carolina.
RGJ works with residential contractors, lenders to make these metal frame homes affordable and accessible in storm ravaged communities. Lower construction costs, energy bills, insurance costs, maintenance, and solar system sizes all play an important role in reducing the total cost of ownership (TCO). Typical annual energy bill savings averages sixty (60%) to eighty (80%) percent. We're excited about getting folks into safer homes with lower monthly electric bills.