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CATEGORY-5 SECURITY

IN MIDDLE AMERICA, FLOODS BEGIN AS WEATHER AND END AS HEARTBREAK. Within days, a storm can overwhelm streams and levees, pushing water into home after home. Nationwide, windstorms and flooding are by far the greatest threat to the family home, and homes comprise more than 90% of weather-damaged buildings. With escalating climate change, they threaten even more damage - and towns from Texas to Missouri and Iowa are already facing this devastation. In response, CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS is offering a tough and good looking STORM DEFENSE HOUSE designed for the very worst conditions.

THE CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE is 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 disasters, it is rated for 60”or more of water, and 157+ mph winds. Living areas are wrapped in a massively insulated, hardened and non-corroding shell.

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LIKE THE FAMOUS SEARS COMPANY HOMES of 1908-1940, the CATEGORY-5 arrives ready to build. Because the roof goes up first, there are no rain delays. Because the structure is a kit, erection goes fast. The Category-5 isn’t a fantasy or an experiment - it’s a practical solution for threatened locations, and a way for families to assure weather security. A dozen years’ experience, in three states, and in locations both urban and rural have proven its system.

WHERE IS THE CATEGORY-5 BEST SUITED? Any place where periodic high water poses dire risk to home and property. In 2019 Houston and throughout the Missouri watershed, that could mean almost anywhere. Most properties within the 100-year and 500-year flood plains could benefit from the strength and elevation of a Storm Defense House.

“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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CATEGORY-5 DESIGN: MODERN TASTES & MODERN WEATHER

 

A STORM RESILIENT 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 C-5/MODERN’s sweeping lines, generous eaves (up to 11'), and gently sloping roofs create an unmistakably Mid-Century feel. The plan offers 2800 square feet, with a 45 ft. x 35 ft. Living/Dining/Kitchen area. Our “Lissitsky” variation carries this model into minimalist territory, at some additional cost.

  • The C-5/TRADITIONAL emphasizes distinctive entry sequences and terraces, custom trim, and details like bay windows for a solidly Provincial-Colonial look. The Traditional offers 2800 square feet, with a Living/Dining/Kitchen area of 1400 square feet.

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

THE CATEGORY-5’s STRONG STEEL STRUCTURE permits open, unobstructed spaces of up to forty-five feet across. Interior walls serve only as partitions, rather than roof supports, and can be moved to accommodate owner preferences. Likewise with kitchens and baths, which can be relocated at will because of the Category-5’s elevated floor.

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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All design for CATEGORY-5 is provided by CAMERON ARMSTRONG ARCHITECTS of Houston, Texas

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CATEGORY-5 TECHNOLOGY FOR STRENGTH AND SAFETY

THE CATEGORY-5 combines traditional, well-understood building methods into a uniquely strong and durable hybrid system. As woven into the CATEGORY-5, high-strength steel, advanced envelope membranes, and a structural metal skin deliver fast erection, ease of elevation, and excellent wind resistance. This system has proven quick to construct and, with organic materials typically 12” from the exterior, is highly resistant to mold, rot and insects. Importantly, despite its innovations, the CATEGORY-5 is easily understood by builders of all backgrounds.

EACH CATEGORY-5 BEGINS with high strength steel columns to carry the building's elevated floor and the roof.  Seated on deep concrete piers, they’re wrapped in lighter, channel-shaped steel, to which windows, doors and metal sheathing are secured.  Synthetic stucco is installed against the sheathing as the exterior finish.  On the interior, furring boards are installed against the inner side of the exterior walls for attachment of utilities and finishes.  With no structural role, interior walls act only as partitions.

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
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category-5 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.

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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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ABOUT CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS

CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS IS DEDICATED to building strong, durable and beautiful residences across America - houses built for the future not the past. Based in Houston, we’ve seen some of the worst that Nature can dish out, and know what it takes to come out the other side.

HIGHER THAN THE FLOOD, STRONGER THAN THE WIND

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