Coastal Homes with Staying Power Coming to the Carolina Coast

Uniquely Disaster-Resistant Cast-in-Place Concrete Homes Promise to be the Home of the Future

Raleigh, North Carolina (September 4, 2002) -- Topsail Island, a prized vacation and living destination on North Carolina’s Treasure Coast, will now feature a cluster of innovative homes of the future built to endure the region’s hurricane season with unparalleled luxury and comfort.

Security Building Group (SBG) today announced the six upscale town homes under construction will be built entirely of cutting-edge cast-in-place removable form concrete construction technology. This will provide homebuyers a powerful investment opportunity that will pay lifelong dividends through uniquely rock-solid construction designed to weather storms and last for generations.

Concrete, the time-proven material of choice for commercial and residential building foundations, has now moved “above grade” to take center stage in the construction of residential homes with the highest investment protection in areas subject to catastrophic weather. Homes built using new cast-in-place concrete construction technologies bring significant cost savings because they are uniquely energy efficient, disaster resistant and low maintenance. Homeowners can expect a solid return on investment with a cast-in-place concrete home while enjoying the flexibility to choose any exterior and interior style they desire.

Now, SBG is partnering with the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) to add even more disaster-resistant materials and techniques to these homes, as part of the award-winning “Fortified…for safer living” program. “We chose to partner with Security Building Group because they are an experienced leader with a great track record of building safe and solid homes for the future,” said Chuck Vance, IBHS Fortified Program Manager. IBHS, a national nonprofit disaster safety group headquartered in Tampa, Florida launched the “Fortified” program in Florida in 2000.

“The number one concern of homebuyers considering a coastal purchase, ‘Can this house survive most hurricanes and weather events?’” said Dave Pfanmiller, partner of Security Building Group in Raleigh. “The best answer available anywhere is: Yes it will. Not only will your house be standing tall season after season, but you will save money along the way. You can’t find a more comfortable, secure, money-saving residential investment than one of our cast-in-place concrete homes.”

In addition to consuming at least 30 percent less energy than a stick-frame home, cast-in-place concrete homes bring the outstanding benefit of significantly lower home insurance premiums thanks to their unique resistance to fire, termites, rot, and ability to withstand impact damage not found in stick-frame construction.

“Fortified” features added protection against wind-borne debris for windows and doors. And through the program’s inspection process, the home is certified upon completion as a “Fortified…for safer living” home. The following “Fortified” features are part of the Topsail Island homes:

  • Reinforced continuous piles that elevate the home and critical utilities a minimum of two feet above the Base Flood Elevation (BFE) and ground level walls and stairs that can break away from the main structure.
  • From the peak of the roof to the foot of the reinforced piles the home is connected to form a continuous load path capable of withstanding 130 mph winds.
  • The windows, doors and other openings are protected by tested products that can withstand the impact of windborne debris without penetration of wind and water.
  • An engineered roof truss system with an enhanced minimum 110 mph wind rated covering and a secondary moisture barrier, plus, twice the required underlayment, and a thicker plywood deck sheathing with a stronger holding nail and nailing pattern.
  • Verification by a certified inspector that all required “Fortified” products and materials are installed correctly in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications or Fortified…for safer living requirements.
  • The home and property is also verified to be a low risk hazard for exposure to wildfire.

Security Building Group, LLC (SBG) is a collaboration of experienced residential builders and concrete contractors in Raleigh whose mission is to build disaster-resistant homes in North Carolina. SBG is committed to concrete construction not only for its safety and security qualities, but because it is an energy-efficient, quiet, and environmentally responsible way to build better homes.

For more information, about Security Building Group and cast-in-place removable form concrete construction contact Dave Pfanmiller at 919-782-6789.

North Topsail Beach Town home Specifications:

  • 3976 – 3966 Island Drive North Topsail Beach, NC 28460
  • Two-Story Town homes
  • 45’ underground concrete pilings
  • All concrete steel-reinforced construction
  • Private Concrete Porch on first and second floors
  • Stucco Exterior and Bahama Shutters
  • Three bedrooms, 2.5 Baths, Kitchen, Living Room, and Dining Room
  • Available Fall 2002


SBG Contact:
David Pfanmiller, Partner
Security Building Group, LLC
P.O. Box 91118
Raleigh, NC 27675

Institute for Business & Home Safety Contact:
Chuck Vance
Fortified Program Manager
4775 E. Fowler Ave.
Tampa, FL 33617
Tel.: 1-866-657-IBHS (4247) x117

Public Relations Contact:
Wendy Shannon
Shannon & Company
103 Sturbridge Lane
Chapel Hill, NC 27516
fax: 919-933-8027


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