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.
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.