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RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE

IN MIDDLE AMERICA, FLOODS ARRIVE HOME BY HOME. After a storm, it's often said that at first the rain seemed unthreatening, not even unusual. But then, shockingly soon, filthy water was pouring into one home after another.

HOUSTON'S THREE YEAR FLOOD ORDEAL, including Hurricane Harvey in 2017, underscored the need for better answers to high water than the constant repair of moldy homesteads. With the rising tide of extreme weather, these will surely include large public works, though they often fail. Absent effective civil engineering, the burden of homeowner security will continue to rest squarely upon the house itself. Storms in Houston and across the country have shown over and again that without an agenda of elevation, strength and durability, no household is safe.

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CATEGORY-5 PARTNERS IS WORKING TO SUPPORT HOME SECURITY with elevated high-strength construction: the CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE.  Rated for 157+ mph winds and 60” of water, with an inorganic frame and huge energy efficiency, it’s not a band-aid or experiment. The CATEGORY-5 is a rugged and good-looking solution developed over a dozen years, in three states, and in locations both urban and rural.

IT'S NOT A KIT, AND NOT A PREFAB. Building kits and prefabs are notoriously expensive and slow to complete. Therefore, as with the Sears Company homes of 1908-1940, we bundle the CATEGORY-5’s engineered materials with detailed drawings for efficient construction by qualified contractors.

“HIGHER THAN THE FLOOD, STRONGER THAN THE WIND”

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

  • RAISED TO 60"+ ABOVE FLOOD OR GRADE

  • "FLOW THROUGH" BREAK-AWAY 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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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, flexible layouts and beautiful, hard wearing finishes

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 can boast equal preparedness for 21st Century storms.

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-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.

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-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

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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