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Safe Room Design

-Reposted per request since the Crowd-Riot-Ferguson-

 
CAD Designs Adding a Safe Room Design to an existing Basement.
 
 Per request in the wake of the #FergusonRiots that happened on the outskirts of StLouis 8-10-14.

If you have any questions feel free to either use the Contact Form or# on Right.

Complete plans, Design-Build Assistance for adding a Safe Room to your Building contact Scotts Contracting at the Contact Form on the Right or the Web Page– click here to email and set up a time to discuss your project.

 
CAD Safe Room Design for an existing Basement-8in CMU, Steel Door, 6in Reinforced Concrete Ceiling
CAD Safe Room Design for an existing Basement-8in CMU, Steel Door, 6in Reinforced Concrete Ceiling
When Building a CMU structure it is highly advisable to add Steel Reinforcement- In the case of building for Tornado or Hurricane Save Rooms substitute No.4 Vertical Rebar for No.5 size rebar.
how a CMU Block Wall is Reinforced.  Simple CAD Drawing showing the suggested Metal Reinforcement.Scotts Contracting
How a CMU Block Wall is Reinforced.  Simple CAD Drawing showing the suggested Metal Reinforcement.
Building the Concrete Ceiling-Structural Reinforcement Suggestions.
Build Notes-Hurricane and Tornado-Safe Room Build Suggestions #5 Rebar at 12in MATT-Dowel Into Existing Concrete Wall, Attach MATT to Existing #5 Verticals in CMU Wall-, {For Added Reinforcement for this area ADD 2ft “L” Bar and Wire Tie to MATT and Verts, 4in Min Concrete Ceiling Suggested 6in Thick Ceiling, All CMU Voids filled with Mortar {Be Sure to ADD the “L” Bar before the Voids are filled with Mortar.
Concrete Ceiling-Structural Reinforcement Suggestions. Build Notes-Hurricane and Tornado-Safe Room Build Suggestions-Scotts Contracting
Concrete Ceiling-Structural Reinforcement Suggestions.
Build Notes-Hurricane and Tornado-Safe Room Build Suggestions
Added April 7, 2014

  • I’ll be honest there has always been something that bothered me about the Tornado Safe Room design that FEMA suggested. I was never worried about the Structural Ability of the Safe Room Design to not withstand a Severe Storm-it is the fact of being trapped in a Safe Room– like Jodi Foster in Panic Room.  Maybe I’ve watched too much tv?  I’d rather be safe than sorry.
  • The fact that 2 exits are not available-as is required of almost any home/room design was the Red Flag going off in my mind and when I finally figured it out I made some notes and a quick sketch.  When I got home this evening I sat down and made a couple of quick CAD drawings of the idea to help you get a better idea of what I’m talking about.   

  • Maybe its just me, but; I’d hate to survive a storm only to die of starvation because I couldn’t get out of a safe room in a basement of a home.  
  • I’ve seen too many horror stories (Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans) of phones not working, emergency personnel too busy to respond to all the requests…scotty


  • There is also the added benefit in the building of the safe room with an exterior point to bring the building materials into the safe room.  This will help keep the labor costs lower as it will speed up the job site production by reducing the man hours.  

I now feel that I have a Safe Room Design Build Plan that I would build in my own home and am comfortable sharing and discussing the project in detail.  

 
Feel free to email or call me for any design build assistance in building a Tornado shelter in your Home. 
CAD design by Scotty-Safe Room Emergency Exterior Exit
Safe Room Emergency Exterior Exit

CAD Design by Scotty-Safe Room CMU Basement Steel Door Location
Safe Room CMU Basement Steel Door Location

CAD Design by Scotty-Safe Room Exterior Exit Point
Safe Room Exterior Exit Point
 
 

2 Universities in DC Make Deal to Buy Solar Power – ABC News

Old Dog New Tricks? hidden in the text: #DukeEnergyRenewables . “Whats this I asked?” I know Duke Energy is known for #DirtyCoal a quick search led me to a page that downplays the Dirty Coal aspects of their company and preaches clean energy.

What I found most interesting is: ” This Dirty Coal company has jumped on the #Solar bandwagon-which means that even dirty energy has realized the importance of clean energy production from non-polluting sources.” Further proof that #SolarEnergy has been adopted as the wave of the Future.

Even here in #StLouis the local #DirtyCoal company #Ameren is building a big solar energy plant. Once again proof that #cleanenergy from solar is both profitable for the owner and is the Future!

Build Green,
Scotty

copied from comments on the article

 

Duke Energy Renewables

via 2 Universities in DC Make Deal to Buy Solar Power – ABC News.

Solar Power Feedlot Sun Shade

SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade

Do you have a Livestock Feedlot?  Have you ever considered a Solar Power Feed Bunk Cover Shade for your feedlot?  With a clean energy solar system such this CAD Solar System design by Scotty you will be not only providing cover and shade for your livestock when they are feeding, it will generate income from the Sun for your operation.

The Solar Feed Bunk Cover Shade in these pictures is designed with American SunPower Solar Panels, covers 4000 sq feet, and is estimated to produce 59,680 watts of clean pollution free energy (based on 230w panels that produce 14.92 w/sq ft- (Other higher Output power producing solar panels are available-I used the 230w solar panels since they were already integrated into my computer drafting program from past Solar Projects I’ve designed.  To get the most bang for the buck I recommend the 300 or 400 watt solar panels )

The following CAD designs are examples of the Solar Power Feedbunk Cover – Shade designed by Scotts Contracting-StLouis Renewable Energy that could be added to your existing structure or could be site built to fit your cattle feeding operation.  This example uses my Fathers Missouri Beef Cattle Operation.

 Solar Power Feedbunk Cover Shade designed by Scotts Contracting-StLouis Renewable Energy
 Solar Power Feedbunk Cover – Shade 
The Solar Power Feed Bunk Cover Shade can be added to an existing beef cattle feedlot such as the one pictured below.
If an existing Feedlot shading system is not already in place it is possible to design build a Solar Power Shade to fit over your existing feed bunks.
it is possible to design build a Solar Power Shade to fit over your existing feed bunks
it is possible to design build a Solar Power Shade to fit over your existing feed bunks
Birds Eye view of the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade, Cattle Pens, Barns, and Silo
Birds Eye view of the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade, Cattle Pens, Barns, and Silo
Birds Eye view of the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade, Cattle Pens, Barns, and Silo
The following Diagram is the Suns yearly path over the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade
Suns yearly path over the SolarPower Feed Bunk Cover Shade

– See more at: http://stlouisrenewableenergy.blogspot.com/#sthash.ZAc8N8dV.dpuf

It Didn’t Start Last Week–Timeline of Ukrainian Conquest

It Didn’t Start Last Week–Timeline of Ukrainian Conquest Mar
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by Piper Bayard
By Jay Holmes

This week, the Western media has, in a fashion, been covering the political crisis in Ukraine with growing interest. While the storm over the steppes has been brewing since November 2013, it has grown to crisis proportions during recent weeks. The growth and severity of the crisis has been sudden, but it has in no way been accidental.

Critical events are occurring at such a rapid pace as to render any published analysis out of date by the time even the speediest editors can post it.

Bayard & Holmes

By Jay Holmes

This week, the Western media has, in a fashion, been covering the political crisis in Ukraine with growing interest. While the storm over the steppes has been brewing since November 2013, it has grown to crisis proportions during recent weeks. The growth and severity of the crisis has been sudden, but it has in no way been accidental.

Critical events are occurring at such a rapid pace as to render any published analysis out of date by the time even the speediest editors can post it. Nonetheless, the outcome of the conflict in the Ukrainian Republic will have far reaching consequences for Ukrainians and for much of the Eurasian continent. To a lesser, but still significant degree, secondary political and economic consequences will be felt across the world.

Though the media reporting usually presents the Ukraine in its own vacuum, outside factors have heavily influenced the present…

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Designing a Natural Pool with Fish Habitat

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Designing a Natural Pool with additional fish habitat area for the Sustainable Hemp Home Series.

Top View Natural Pool Design with Fish Habitat
Top View Natural Pool Design with Fish Habitat

Since the Hemp Home Designs are all about Sustainability.  Why wouldn’t the pool be as well and while we are at building a natural pool we might as well incorporate a fish habitat into the natural pool design.  This will allow the pool to serve as a food source in addition to the entertainment value.

Birdseye view Natural Swimming Pool Design
Birdseye view Natural Swimming Pool Design

Tips for natural pools supplied by Mother Earth News

Design Information

  • Reserving at least 50 percent of your pool’s surface area for shallow plants, either at one end or in a ring around the sides, eliminates the need for chlorine and expensive filters and pumps. You’ll want to separate the swimming area of your pool and the filtration area, or plant zone (see the illustration in the image gallery).
  • The water needs to circulate continuously for the plants’ roots to cleanse the pool. You also may need to aerate the water so the water organisms’ oxygen needs are met.
Without adequate oxygen, your pool could become stagnant, harboring odoriferous anaerobic bacteria.
  • Besides cleaning the water and making your pool beautiful to behold, the shallow plant zone warms the water quickly and provides habitat for frogs and many invertebrates. They’ll appreciate the shallow water for breeding grounds and repay the favor by eating mosquito larvae.

  • A rim within an inch of the water’s surface keeps plants in their place but allows water from the swimming area to move to the plant zone for filtering, As water passes through the fibrous root structure of the plants, bacteria concentrated on the plants’ roots act as a biological filter, removing contaminants and excess nutrients in the water. Decomposer organisms, also found in the plants’ root zones, consume the bacteria, effectively eliminating underwater waste buildup.

Hemp Home Collection By Scotty

Hemp Home Birds Eye View 2
Hemp Home Complete Birds Eye View 2

Read and See more CAD Photos and Design Illustrations for this Industrial Hemp 4 Bedroom Home that showcases Sustainable Construction Design at St Louis Renewable Energy Hemp Home Design Collection.

Collection of Hemp Home Design CAD Drawing photos showcasing the sustainable lifestyle that this net zero energy efficient home, gardens, pergola, solar panels, solar water heating, pool, garage, safe room, basement, fireplace, 4 bedroom, 2 bath…

hemp-home-stucco-birds-eye
hemp-home-stucco-birds-eye
Hemp Home Complete Birds Eye View 3
Hemp Home Complete Birds Eye View 3
Hemp Home Stucco Finish 1
Hemp Home Stucco Finish 1
Hemp Home Neighbors View
Hemp Home Neighbors View
Hemp Home Side Yard Stucoo
Hemp Home Side Yard Stucco
Hemp Home Pergola Arbor Garden Feature
Hemp Home Pergola Arbor Garden Feature
Hemp Home Rear Street View
Hemp Home Rear Street View
Hemp Home Rooftop Back Yard View
Hemp Home Rooftop Back Yard View

Industrial Hemp Home CAD designs by Scotty-Energy Efficient Post Frame and Hempcrete creating a Net Zero- Energy Efficient Sustainable 4 Bedroom 2 Bath, Gardens, Pool, Basement, Safe Room, Green Roof, Sky Lights, Dual Pane Windows, Fireplace, Hardwood Floors, Radiant Heating, Indoor Garden, Hedge, Landscaping, Water Features 

Read and See more CAD Photos and Design Illustrations for this Industrial Hemp Home “Sustainable Construction” Design at Scottys Website St Louis Renewable Energy Hemp Home Design Collection.

Background on Industrial Hemp Building:

Builders have been building Homes and Commercial Buildings using this design in Europe for many years now. With the legalization of Industrial Hemp in the USA. Now Americans can adopt this Sustainable Building practice into our designs to create homes that can grow and be built in 2 years.

In this example of Hemp Building I’ve eliminated much of the excess lumber that is not needed in the build because of the Post Frame Structure. When the Natural Lime and Hemp Fibers are mixed together it creates a concrete like material that is also high in insulation value- you get the best of both worlds:

  • A strong and durable Building that is also energy efficient that can withstand the abuse from the elements.
  • This Natural product that can also be grown most anywhere in the USA.

Thank you for checking out the CAD designs on the use of Industrial Hemp for creating an Energy Efficient Home.  

If I can assist you in your quest to design or build using this type of construction technique utilizing hemp or other natural green building products drop me a line and let me know. Scotty

Hemp Home Post Frame Lateral Loading

Hemp Home Design Post Frame Structure Wind and Earthquake Resistant Design by Scotty
Hemp Home Design-Post Frame Structure-Wind and Earthquake Resistant  

Post Frame Wood Structure Design-Industrial Hemp Wall Construction

Its all about Energy Efficiency and Conserving Natural Resources when using a Post Frame Building option with the added benefit: Post Frame Buildings are also Wind and Earthquake Resistant.

  •  Lateral Loading caused by Severe Storms and Earthquakes
    • The design of buildings must account for wind loads, and these are affected by wind shear. For engineering purposes, a power law wind speed profile may be defined as follows:

      power law wind speed profile may be defined as follows

      where:

      \ v_{z} = speed of the wind at height \ z
      \ v_{g} = gradient wind at gradient height \ z_{g}
      \ \alpha  = exponential coefficient
Post Frame - Lateral Design - Building Diaphragm
Post Frame provides lateral load resistance, creating a unique building diaphragm that makes the light wood frame comparable in strength to light steel and concrete structures.

 

Summing all the above  information up:  Lateral Loading on a Building is the pressure caused by Wind on the Sides and Roof of a Building.  Which is especially important to me since the buildings location will be in the Midwest which is also Tornado Alley and I do not want to be forced to rebuild after a Severe Storm.

Rear Stair Way for Rooftop Access is also the addition of a Modified Flying Buttress that resists the lateral forces pushing a wall outwards (which may arise from stone vaulted ceilings or from wind-loading on roofs) by redirecting the Lateral Forces to the ground.
Rear Stair Way for Rooftop Access is also the addition of a Modified Flying Buttress that resists the lateral forces pushing a wall outwards (which may arise from stone vaulted ceilings or from wind-loading on roofs) by redirecting the Lateral Forces to the ground.

What the untrained eye might see as a Rear Stair Way for Rooftop Access is also the addition of a Modified Buttress that resists the lateral forces pushing a wall outwards (which may arise from stone vaulted ceilings or from wind-loading on roofs) by redirecting the Lateral Forces to the ground.

  • buttress is an architectural structure built against or projecting from a wall which serves to support or reinforce the wall. Buttresses are fairly common on more ancient buildings, as a means of providing support to act against the lateral (sideways) forces arising out of the roof structures that lack adequate bracing.

Read More on Lateral Loading at: Engineering Diaphragms (see ASAE EP 484.1 and APA Design/Construction Guide: Diaphragms)

Here is a sneak peek of the next post in the Designing Hemp Home Series

Hemp Home Backyard Birds Eye View
Hemp Home Backyard Birds Eye View

 

 

QandA with HEMP Building Expert Greg Flavall Hemp Technologies

Hempcrete Wall Details by Scotty–  Hemp Home Building Plans

Q-n-A with HEMP Building Expert: Mr. Greg Flavall Co-Founder and Technical Director at Hemp-Technologies on the Hemp Home design by Scotty

Hemp Home Wall Detail
Hemp Home Wall Detail by Scotty
Additional Hemp Home Wall Details

Below: Hemp Wall Buttress Design adds support for the Catalan Roof Arches as well as support for the Solar Array!

HempHome Arch Buttress Detail
Hemp Home Catalan Green Roof Connection
Hemp Home Catalan Green Roof Connection Detail by Scotty

Above: Hemp Wall and Catalan Vault Style Green Roof Connection Detail as suggested by Mr Greg Flavall- Hemp Technologies.

HEMP Building Expert: Mr. Greg Flavall Co-Founder / Technical Director Hemp-Technologies

Replied to My Question on Hemp Building:

I’m designing a Hempcrete home and have been looking into a Catalan Style Spanish Roof for a roof system that does not require lumber. Do you think a hempcrete product would replace the concrete the spanish masons use? I’ve started a series of articles on the planned build at: http://stlouisrenewableenergy.com/2014/02/05/hemp-home-catalan-vaulted-style-roof-waterproofing/

Mr. Greg Flavall Co-Founder / Technical Director Hemp-Technologies Answered:

“”having looked at your website and design I’m intrigued. Although we have not done this style of roof I do not see what lime could not do the same as cement in this application- if it were sealed correctly.  Typically we are using Hemp/Lime for walls which is covered with 15-20mm of lime plaster for weather protection on a vertical plane. We install hemp/lime under the roof where it is protected as insulation and in the floor (above grade only) where it can breathe.””

Why would you not consider a green roof cover in this style, much like the Adnams Brewery project in UK completed in 2008? Seems to me a better use of area.
 Scotty added from Google Search for Adnams Brewery:
regards,
Greg Flavall
Co-Founder / Technical Director

71 Brougham Street, New Plymouth 4310, New Zealand, NZ. 

+64-6-880-0254, USA. +1-828-333-4724,

C. +64-27-910-7855, Skype: galrfai8