JUST AS THE HISTORIC FLOODS OF 2017 AND 2018 ARRIVED HOUSE BY HOUSE, and street by street, the work to recover lost neighborhoods in places like hard-hit metropolitan Houston, Texas or tiny Ellicott City, Maryland, continues mostly at the personal scale of the family home. All across the United States, from hurricane-battered cities to flash-flooded villages, the up-close work of recovery is about making stronger, dryer, more resistant houses. And that is the focus of the CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE.
THE IMPACT ON HOUSTON OF HURRICANE HARVEY, after severe flooding in previous years, underlined the need for better answers to high water than constantly repairing damp, moldy homesteads - not only in Houston, but across the country. Certainly, as extreme weather becomes more common, those answers will include large public works and more regulations. But a critical factor is that, like Houston, most American cities are, and fundamentally will remain places of modest-scale houses and neighborhoods. Towns all across the United States witnessed, and now share Houston’s painful, drawn-out experience of flood and recovery. None will fully revive without renewing the family home's promise of security, still widely at risk from dangerous weather.
CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS IS DEDICATED TO RECLAIMING HOME SECURITY through superior high-strength steel construction, in the form of the CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE. Developed over a period of a dozen years, in three states, and in locations both urban and rural, our technology has proven its value aesthetically, and in terms of rugged practicality. Put simply, our approach is to take a selection of conventional materials and techniques - familiar throughout American construction - and combine them in a novel system of mutually supportive assemblies. We emphasize the use of steel where strength is critical, and wood framing where comfort and utility are important. Typically, there are few if any organic materials within the outer 12” of the structure’s walls and roof. The building is elevated a minimum of 60” above flood stage. The result is a revolutionary new kind of house that is much more durable and much, much stronger than ever before found in Houston - or in the United States, generally.
CAN THIS BUILDING ASSURE THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF YOUR FAMILY? CAN YOUR NEW HOME MAINTAIN ITS VALUE DESPITE CHALLENGES OF CLIMATE AND ECONOMICS? THE ANSWER IS, YES!
The CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE can deliver on these promises because, regardless of the weather, it is:
HIGHER THAN THE FLOODS
STRONGER THAN THE WINDS
EXTREMELY COMPATIBLE WITH RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS
FRAMED AND ENCLOSED WITH 95+% RECYCLED MATERIALS
BUILT AT THE MEDIAN COST FOR FIRST CLASS HOME CONSTRUCTION