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Recovery.

The Cat-5’s response to our extreme weather is simple: a house that’s higher than the water, stronger than the wind

For Houston in 2018, "recovery" is a big word.  Because the ordeal of the floods arrived family by family, and house by house, recovery means more than new public works and regulations.  For many, many residents, it's a matter that is closely personal, even intimate in scale.  Yes, it means schools restored and jobs resumed.  But most importantly, it means security in the home.

Raised to 60”+ above flood elevation, engineered for 160 mph storms

This page is about reclaiming that security by way of a new type of building, called the Category-5  "Storm Defense House."  It comprises technologies much stronger and more durable than ever before found in Houston residences.  It's strong, efficient, pleasing to the eye, and aesthetically compatible with Houston neighborhoods.  Not expensive.  The Cat-5 is exactly the house dictated by the new rules of the new storms.

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Design.

Sweeping lines, generous eaves up to 11', and gently sloping roofs give the Category-5 an unmistakably Mid-Century feel.  Poised among homes of Houston's classic modern period, or more recent buildings, it radiates comfort, elegance and durability.

The Cat-5 boasts an enormously strong concealed steel framework - engineered for a 160 mph Category 5 storm.  As a result, interior walls are non-load bearing and can easily be reconfigured.  Although our base models of 2,000 and 2,800 square feet come with pre-designed layouts, we are happy to assist in modifying those plans, and well prepared to guide the design of kitchens and baths.

While the interior of a Cat-5 can exactly reflect the owner's tastes, the exterior is marked by elevation to 60"+ above the Base Flood Elevation, unobstructed "flow through" crawlspaces with break-away skirts, deeply shaded terraces, the selection of stucco color and texture, and other options.  Importantly - and unlike typical custom homes - the Cat-5 does not permit pooling of floodwaters under the house, or "rising damp" to bring mold and disease into the building.

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Efficiency.

The Category-5 boasts exterior walls of 12"+, capable of hosting radiant barrier and blown batt insulation with heat resistance of R-63 - much greater than the R-19 of typical custom homes.  Likewise, the roof can host insulation equating to R-50 - much greater than the R-30 of custom homes.  Coupled with the roof's generous eaves - sponsoring cooling breezes as well as deep shade - these specifications create huge efficiencies.  Utility bills drop sharply, to a fraction of typical costs.  With 95%+ of the Cat-5's steel structure comprised of recycled material, the building promises a truly "green" footprint.

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ROOF INSULATION, R-50:

SUPERIOR TO  R-30 TYPICAL

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WALL INSULATION,  R-63:

SUPERIOR TO R-19 TYPICAL

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RADIANT BARRIER BLANKET:

INCLUDES R-11 INSULATION