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Monday
Sep162013

La Jolla Bed & Breakfast - Haiti Update

These new photos show just how much the local team on this project is dedicated to get the job done. The floor plan allows for 6 bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms in a 4308 Sq Ft (400.37 M2) unit making it an ideal situation for a B&B. The pieces are all coming together and the next round of photos will certainly show the grand opening of this new B&B.

Monday
Jul012013

La Jolla Bed & Breakfast - Haiti

We are thrilled to share the most recent photos from a project we have currently in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. We are building a Bed & Breakfast unit that was sold through Expo International Home Supply, IHE's exclusive exporter to Haiti. The floor plan allows for 6 bedrooms and 6 1/2 bathrooms in a 4308 Sq Ft (400.37 M2) unit making it an ideal situation for a B&B.

Building in semi-remote areas and along hillsides creates unique challenges and leaves little room for large equipment. With the local construction team and IHE's exclusive methods of fabricating trusses, the job is sailing along without the need for cranes or expensive and heavy equipment.

The table is convenient for fabricating house trusses.

A large strong exclusive Fabricated Truss can be installed without using a crane or any heavy equipment.

After the trusses are fabricate the exterior wall panels are erected.

Trusses Installed after the exterior walls are in place.

We look forward to sharing the finished product photography as soon as possible.

Monday
May202013

IHE & Expo International Home Supply Partnership

International Home Exports (IHE) President, Patrick Panzarella, announced an agreement with Expo Industries, Inc (dba Expo International Home Supply) to be its exclusive exporter of its steel framed homes to Haiti.
 
IHE was among the early responders on the ground after the earthquake that devastated Haiti in 2010, donating homes and providing technical assistance and training to the local work force. With its extensive experience in shipping its products around the world, Expo is in an excellent position to provide the logistical support required in Haiti and allowing IHE to continue expanding into other countries around the world.

Tuesday
Apr232013

Why Build with Steel?

 Steel Frame Housing

It is undeniable that steel is stronger than wood and concrete for earthquakes, hurricanes, high winds and other destructive weather conditions but what are the other benefits to building with steel?

It is structurally stronger than other framing materials like wood, concrete and block and provides the highest strength to weight ratio of any building material. 

  • Steel is non-combustible.
  • Steel does not rot, warp, split, crack or creep.
  • Steel is dimensionally stable.
  • Steel is straight and does not expand or contract with moisture content.
  • Steel can be erected by a low-skill level work force.
  • Steel has nearly limitless design flexibility.

Steel is the “greener” option than wood and concrete for those considering the environment. 

  • Steel is made of nearly 75% recycled material.
  • Steel is 100% recyclable and is the most recycled construction material on earth.
  • Steel does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
  • Steel does not have to be treated with chemicals for insects, and is free of resin adhesives.

Steel framing can lower overall construction and maintenance costs. 

  • Steel does not rot, warp, split, crack or creep so once it is completed, there are virtually no damage during the construction process.
  • Steel is consistent and that means less scrap and disposal.
  • Steel’s spanning capabilities exceeding 100’ can virtually eliminate load bearing walls to create large open spaces.
  • Long-term maintenance costs are reduced because steel is resistant to rot, mold, termite and insect infestation. 

The facts are clear, steel is the stronger, more flexible and greenest option over tradition wood framing.