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SECURITY

IN MIDDLE AMERICA, FLOODS BEGIN AS WEATHER AND END AS HEARTBREAK. Within days, a storm can overwhelm sewers, streams and levees, pushing fouled water into home after home after home. Nationwide, windstorms and flooding are by far the greatest threats to the family home, and homes comprise more than 90% of weather-damaged buildings. In response, CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS has created a tough and good looking STORM DEFENSE HOUSE designed for the very worst conditions. The structure is available for construction at reasonable cost anywhere in Texas and the South. [Click HERE to see design images]

THE CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE offers construction based on an agenda of elevation, strength and durability, and adapted to the very worst potential weather. Reflecting the lessons of Hurricane Harvey and other storms, it is rated for 60”+ of water and 157+ mph winds, with living areas wrapped in a hardened, non-organic and non-corroding shell. The CATEGORY-5 is not a band-aid or experiment, it’s a resilient and good-looking solution developed over a dozen years, in three states, and in locations both urban and rural.

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LIKE ONE OF THE FAMOUS SEARS COMPANY HOMES of 1908-1940, a CATEGORY-5 arrives at the building site as a ready-to-build system. Finish items or those based on owner preferences - like cabinets and fixtures - are locally sourced. Houston-based CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS coordinates the building shell and stands behind the finish phases of each STORM DEFENSE HOUSE. Build high, build strong!

“HIGHER THAN THE FLOOD, STRONGER THAN THE WIND”

The CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE answers extreme weather with superior construction, raised elevation, and engineering for 157+ mph Category 5 hurricanes
  • RATED FOR 157+ mph WIND STORM

  • RAISED TO 60"+ ABOVE FLOOD OR GRADE (MINIMUM)

  • "FLOW THROUGH" or BREAK-AWAY STYLE SKIRTS SO FLOODS MOVE QUICKLY PAST

  • 95+% RECYCLED STRUCTURE AND ENCLOSURE

  • HUGE ENERGY EFFICIENCY

  • IDEAL FOR SOLAR AND RAIN WATER HARVESTING

  • AESTHETICALLY PLEASING, TRADITIONAL OR MODERN

  • MEDIAN COST FOR FIRST CLASS HOME CONSTRUCTION

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Call 713-398-5207; email stormdefense.house@gmail.com

See ABOUT for information on Category-5 Partners and the Category-5 project

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DESIGN: MODERN TASTES & MODERN WEATHER

 

A STORM RESISTANT HOME need not look like a space ship or a bunker.  At CATEGORY-5, we're dedicated to creating the perfect balance of strength and beauty, safe from wind and water.  We offer alternate homeowner-friendly styles:

  • The CATEGORY-5/Modern’s sweeping lines, generous eaves (up to 11'), and gently sloping roofs create an unmistakably Mid-Century feel. 2800 square feet

  • The CATEGORY-5/Traditional emphasizes distinctive entry sequences and terraces, custom trim, and details like bay windows for a solidly Provincial-Colonial look. 2800 square feet

The CATEGORY-5 delivers pleasing proportions, great strength, and flexible layouts

EXPANSIVE INTERIORS exploit the flexibility of the CATEGORY-5's concealed steel structure which provides a framework within which all interior features are non-structural.  Interior walls, rooms, kitchens and baths can be changed from the base model at will (extra charges may apply).

EXTERIOR DETAILS, selections of stucco colors and textures, the designs of entry stairs, shaded terraces and bay windows, storm skirts, and numerous specialties bring a personal touch to every home.

  

The CATEGORY-5 is built in ways, and of materials that are inherently resistant to the mold, rot and pestilence plaguing typical construction
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TECHNOLOGY FOR STRENGTH AND SAFETY

THERE'S NOTHING NEW about the techniques used in building a CATEGORY-5 house.  Considered separately, each is quite traditional in the construction industry. However, as woven together in a CATEGORY-5, they offer a uniquely strong and durable hybrid technology.  As a combined system, CATEGORY-5 technology is both innovative and easily understood by builders of all backgrounds.

EVERY CATEGORY-5 HOUSE BEGINS with deep concrete piers to which steel columns are securely bolted.  These columns then carry the building's elevated floor and its roof.  Once erected, the columns are quickly wrapped in bands of lighter, channel-shaped steel, to which windows, doors and metal panels are secured.  Synthetic stucco is installed against the panels as the exterior finish.  Completing the exterior wall, furring boards are installed against the inner side of the channel-shaped steel, for attachment of utilities and finishes.  Without a structural role, interior walls are simply partitions that can be adapted to any layout. This system has proven quick to construct, and highly resistant to the mold, rot and insects plaguing typical custom homes.

Piece by piece, and as an integrated system, the CATEGORY-5 is devoted to strength, flexibility and hygiene. No other building is equally prepared for 21st Century weather

MATERIALS ARE CRITICAL in construction, and our system utilizes only those well known for durability and strength such as high-strength steel. Materials prohibited due to deficits in structure or durability include Oriented Strand Board of any kind, engineered lumber (LVL), and trusjoists (TJI) or similar.

PLEASE NOTE: All CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSES are engineered for the most highly restrictive FEMA flood designation (FLOOD ZONE ‘V’) since many hazards once associated only with coastal areas, such as strong flows, are now of concern virtually everywhere.

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EFFICIENCY FOR COMFORT AND VALUE

THE CATEGORY-5’s EXTREME ENERGY EFFICIENCY is the product of its unique insulation system.  Virtually every aspect of the building contributes to lowering utility costs and assuring comfort.

  • 14" thick exterior walls host a combination radiant barrier and blown batt system for heat resistance of R-60+ - much greater than the R-19 of typical custom homes.

  • The 10" thick roof hosts a similar hybrid system for heat resistance of R-48+ - much greater than the R-30 of custom homes.

THE CATEGORY-5’s SPECIFICATIONS CREATE HUGE EFFICIENCIES.  Coupled with the roof’s extensive overhangs - which sponsor cooling breezes as well as deep shade -  they dramatically reduce utility bills.  And with their promise of huge solar and water harvests, the CATEGORY-5's big roofs can make energy independence a reality.  Meanwhile, tank and cistern-stored roof water can guarantee basic plumbing functions during emergencies.  And with 95%+ of its steel structure and envelope comprised of recycled material, the CATEGORY-5 promises a truly "green" footprint.

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ROOF INSULATION, R-48+:

SUPERIOR TO R-30 TYPICAL

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WALL INSULATION, R-60+:

SUPERIOR TO R-19 TYPICAL

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RADIANT BARRIER BLANKET:

INCLUDES R-10+ INSULATION

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THE CATEGORY-5 VISION: HIGHER THAN THE FLOOD, STRONGER THAN THE WIND

THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY HAS PROVEN that public flood control, though necessary for many reasons, is not a sufficient response to modern, extreme weather. For security’s sake homeowners must adopt storm defense technologies, like the CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE™, which can place their homes out of harm’s way. How broadly householders pursue these values will have a strong impact on the viability of their communities.

In Houston and elsewhere, many have called for “buying out” and abandoning frequently-flooded areas. But even the communities most-often and most-severely impacted are almost never under water for more than a week at a time. Once per year. In fact, although the catastrophe of Harvey seemed to last well over a year, in reality the water had receded within days of the storm. Had Houston’s housing been guided by an agenda of elevation, strength and durability, much heartbreak could have been avoided. CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS believe that the lesson of Harvey was not that parts of the city should be abandoned because of short-lived inundations, but that proper technology can make even extensive flooding a relatively minor crisis. Populated by strong, elevated and durable homes like the CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE™, neighborhoods in Houston and across the country would be well equipped for almost any challenge.

To be clear: in locations where homeowners individually fortify their properties with CATEGORY-5 technology, damage can be limited to grade level movements of silt and debris, while the houses can remain fully inhabitable. When floodwaters recede and vehicles are lowered from car lifts (not included), regular life can return almost immediately. In a neighborhood where only a few houses are of the CATEGORY-5 type, at least the burden of flood recovery overall would be proportionally reduced due to their resilience.

ABOUT CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS

CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS IS DEDICATED to building strong, durable and beautiful residences in Houston and across America - houses built for the future not the past. As with the famous Sears Company homes of 1908-1940 we bundle our engineered materials with detailed drawings for fast and economical construction by qualified general contractors. Since 2006, our builder consortium has been responsible for completions in Colorado, Texas, and Louisiana.  The vindication of CATEGORY-5 technology during 2017’s Hurricane Harvey has inspired us to reach out from our Texas base to storm-threatened locations across the country.

THE CATEGORY-5 PLEDGE is simple: we will provide the technology and support for construction of the most robust, storm-resistant structure possible, in a form that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally effective.

HIGHER THAN THE FLOOD, STRONGER THAN THE WIND

Contact Category-5 Partners:   stormdefense.house@gmail.com

713 . 398 . 5207