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RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE

JUST AS THE SUDDEN, HISTORIC FLOODS OF 2017 AND 2018 ARRIVED HOUSE BY HOUSE and street by street, the rebuilding of neighborhoods in places like hurricane-battered Houston and flash-flooded Iowa City has unfolded almost entirely at the personal scale of the family home. At its best, this up-close work of recovery has made future storm resilience a top priority - and that's the focus of the CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE.

The CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE answers extreme weather with superior steel construction, raised elevation, and engineering geared for Category 5 hurricanes (160 mph)

HOUSTON'S EXPERIENCE WITH HURRICANE HARVEY in 2017 underlined the need for better answers to high water than constantly repairing damp, moldy homesteads - not only in Texas, 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.

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CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS IS DEDICATED TO RECLAIMING FAMILY HOME SECURITY through superior high-strength 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.

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

  • AESTHETICALLY PLEASING

  • EXTREMELY COMPATIBLE WITH RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS

  • FRAMED AND ENCLOSED WITH 95+% RECYCLED INORGANIC MATERIALS

  • BUILT AT THE MEDIAN COST FOR FIRST CLASS HOME CONSTRUCTION

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DESIGNED FOR MODERN TASTES & MODERN WEATHER

 

A storm proof home need not look like a space ship or a bunker.  At CATEGORY-5, we're dedicated to creating the perfect balance of strength, durability and beauty.  Therefore, we offer alternate homeowner-friendly styles.

YOUR CATEGORY-5 DECISION begins with a choice of design direction:

  • The CATEGORY-5/Modern takes advantage of sweeping horizontal lines, generous eaves (up to 11'), and gently sloping roofs for 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, box-outs and expansive balconies for a solidly Provincial-Colonial look. 2800 square feet.

The CATEGORY-5 delivers pleasing proportions, great strength, flexible layouts and beautiful, hard wearing finishes

OUR INTERIORS exploit the flexibility made possible by the CATEGORY-5's concealed steel structure.  Enormously strong, and ready for a 160 mph Category 5 hurricane, it provides a framework within which all interior features are non-structural.  Therefore, an owner can adopt a pre-designed layout, or take advantage of this flexibility to relocate interior walls, rooms, kitchens and baths at will (extra charges apply).

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

 

CATEGORY-5’s APPROACH TO FLOODWATERS IS DIRECT:

  • ELEVATE THE FLOOR TO A MINIMUM OF 60" ABOVE FLOOD LEVEL (OR GRADE) TO ASSURE THE HOUSE REMAINS DRY

  • PROVIDE "FLOW THROUGH" BREAK-AWAY SKIRTS SO FLOODS CAN QUICKLY MOVE THROUGH, AND EXIT THE SITE

  • ELIMINATE CRAWLSPACE OBSTRUCTIONS TO PREVENT POOLING OF FLOODWATERS AND RISING DAMP*

The CATEGORY-5 is built in ways, and of materials that are inherently resistant to the mold, rot and pestilence that plague typical construction

FINALLY:  HEALTH AND CLEANLINESS.  These days it's rare to talk about hygiene and house construction, yet wood-built homes are quick to become unhealthy.  Therefore, we've made hygiene an important aspect of the CATEGORY-5.  Almost every detail of the building contributes to defending against the dirt, disease, decay and pests afflicting typical custom home construction.  Built strong and clean, the CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE is a home for the long term.

* Some site conditions may demand that grade beams be installed, for structural reasons. In such cases, the beams will be sunk deep enough to avoid creating blockage for receding high waters.

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EFFICIENCY FOR COMFORT AND VALUE

THE EXTREME ENERGY EFFICIENCY OF THE CATEGORY-5 is guaranteed by its unique insulation system.  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-63 - much greater than the R-19 of typical custom homes.

  • The 10" thick roof hosts a similar hybrid system for heat resistance of R-50 - much greater than the R-30 of custom homes.

THESE SPECIFICATIONS CREATE HUGE EFFICIENCIES.  Coupled with the extensive overhangs of the roof's generous eaves - 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 guarantee basic plumbing functions.  And with 95%+ of its steel structure comprised of recycled material, the CATEGORY-5 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

CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS IS DEDICATED to providing strong, durable and beautiful residences in Houston and across the U.S. As with the famous Sears Company homes of 1908-1940, we bundle our technology, together with engineered materials and detailed drawings, for fast and economical construction on any site by licensed contractors. Since 2006, the company and its builder consortium is responsible for numerous completions in Colorado, Texas, and Louisiana.  The vindication of our technology during 2017’s Hurricane Harvey has expanded our reach to storm-threatened locations across the country.

CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS PLEDGE is simple: we will deliver 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