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RECOVERY

JUST AS THE FLOOD ARRIVED HOUSE BY HOUSE, and street by street, Houston's recovery from 2017’s Hurricane Harvey continues mostly at the scale of the family home - 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)

THE STORM'S IMPACT, after previous severe flooding in 2015 and 2016, underlined the need for better answers to high water than constantly repairing damp, moldy homesteads - not only in Houston, but across the country. Certainly, those answers include public works and more regulations.  But a critical factor is that most American cities are, and fundamentally will remain, like Houston, places made up of houses and modest-scale neighborhoods.  Towns all across the U.S. witnessed, and unfortunately now share Houston’s painful 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 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 combine certain traditional and quite conventional materials - especially including high strength steel from Electric Arc Furnaces - in completely new, mutually supportive assemblies for the exterior envelope and interior layout.  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

  • AESTHETICALLY PLEASING

  • COMPATIBLE WITH RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOODS

  • FRAMED AND ENCLOSED WITH 95+% RECYCLED MATERIALS

  • BUILT AT THE MEDIAN COST FOR FIRST CLASS HOME CONSTRUCTION

 

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DESIGN: MODERN TASTES & 21st CENTURY WEATHER

 

A storm proof home need not look like a space ship, or a bunker or fortification.  At CATEGORY-5, we're dedicated to creating the perfect balance of strength, durability and beauty.  Therefore, we offer several homeowner friendly styles - from true traditional to transitional-modern, to forward-looking contemporary.

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

  • 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 look

 

Either package comes with a floor plan appropriate to its style - pre-designed for 2,000 or 2,800 square foot occupancies - which we will assist in customizing to your preferences.  

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.

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.  

 

SITING OF THE BUILDING is marked by CATEGORY-5's direct approach to flood hazards:

  • ELEVATING THE BUILDING TO AT LEAST 60" ABOVE THE BASE FLOOD ELEVATION, OR GROUND LEVEL - WHICHEVER IS HIGHER

  • PROVIDING "FLOW THROUGH" CRAWLSPACES WITH BREAK-AWAY STORM SKIRTS SO FLOODS CAN QUICKLY PASS AND RECEDE

  • ELIMINATING GRADE BEAMS AND OTHER CRAWLSPACE OBSTRUCTIONS TO PREVENT POOLING OF FLOODWATERS UNDER THE HOUSE, OR "RISING DAMP" FROM BRINGING MOLD AND DISEASE INTO THE BUILDING

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:  MATTERS OF HEALTH AND CLEANLINESS.  These days it's rare to talk about hygiene and house construction, yet wood-built homes - the majority of housing - are quite unhealthy to inhabit.  Therefore, we've made hygiene one of the most important aspects of the CATEGORY-5 system.  Almost every aspect of the building contributes directly to defending against the dirt, disease, decay and pests that afflict typical custom home construction.  Built strong and clean, the CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE is a home for the long term.

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EFFICIENCY FOR COMFORT AND VALUE

THE 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 A 12-YEAR ALLIANCE of Cameron Armstrong Architects and Horizon Engineering LLC dedicated to providing strong, durable and beautiful residences in Houston and across the U.S. Beginning with the CATEGORY-5’s vindication during Hurricane Harvey in 2017, the project has reached out to involve some of Houston's most experienced and qualified custom builders.  Each contractor has met rigorous standards for construction - up to, and including CATEGORY-5 technology - and is well known to Category-5 Partners through collaborations reaching back up to 20 years.  Altogether, Category-5 Partners and its builder consortium is responsible for hundreds of completions from Colorado, to Texas, to Louisiana.  Category-5 Partners pledge to deliver the most robust structure possible, in a form that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally effective.  Higher than the flood, and stronger than the wind:  the CATEGORY-5 STORM DEFENSE HOUSE.

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

713 . 398 . 5207