Originally Posted By: gromicko
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(September 27, 2004) – U.S. housing officials recently visited Port Charlotte, Fla., which was in the path of Hurricane Charley, to tout the benefits of Styrofoam homes.
Representatives from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the National Association of Home Builders, and the Manufactured Housing Institute say these dwellings are mold- and termite-resistant because they are built in a matter of days and are comprised of polystyrene, cement, and steel.
Styrofoam structures are also wind resistant; homes made of the material in Port Charlotte survived Hurricane Charley's 145-mile-per-hour winds. Styrofoam homes are also fairly inexpensive, priced between $75,000 and $100,000, plus the cost of land.
Source: News-Press (Fla.) (09/24/04); Payne, Melanie
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