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HabiTek is a BUILDING SYSTEM research, design, and development company focused on strategies to construct buildings that can resist damage, or collapse from the ravages of hurricanes, earthquakes, and localized flooding. To implement resilient building practices, HabiTek employs the obvious strength and utility of steel in all projects.
HabiTek has worked diligently for over 20 years to design and test transformative resilient structures, and has sponsored several full scale beta projects in Hawaii and Idaho, and our first all steel and concrete Adapt-1 now under assembly in Mexico.
Supplied by several world-class outsourcing channels, HabiTek is now prepared to sell direct to customers pre-engineered and prefabricated modular steel frame components for home building. It is important to appreciate that HabiTek is NOT a pre-fabricated home supplier. We provide steel frameworks that our customers can readily finish out.
All HabiTek’s projects are collaborations between a team of structural engineers, steel fabricators, multiple vendors, and, most importantly, our customers and their builder. Among several steel fabricators in our region that we use to outsource components, Tipke Manufacturing in Spokane has been working with HabiTek for over 20 years, and has assisted HabiTek in developing our patented HUB concept, critical to connecting beams to structural posts in a way that allows maximum design flexibility and ease of assembly.
HabiTek is now moving to identify potential partners in the United States who are qualified to license our patented technology for implementing housing developments in vulnerable regions, with an emphasis on Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, the Gulf Coast, and Hawaii. We also hope to attract the attention of re-builders in the Carolinas and the Florida Panhandle after hurricanes Florence and Michael in 2018, and the Bahamas after Dorian in 2019. More recently, Hurricane IDA, estimated to have cost $60B in damage and killing 83, hit the central Gulf Coast and marched up as far as Maine as a tropical storm, causing widespread flooding in New Jersey and New York State. In our own State of Washington, serious flooding occurred in late fall 2021 in the northwest. This region could benefit by using HabiTek because the steel framework can be readily elevated above the ground. Also, Western Washington is in a high seismic zone and the HabiTek framework is pre-engineered for earthquakes. Interested parties are welcome to contact us.
Please note: HabiTek plans a crowd funding campaign to raise funds to build a full scale Adapt-2. Part of this program would involve wind testing for Cat. 5 hurricanes. In any case, we plan to present the Adapt-2 to the market ASAP. We welcome inquiries now from organizations involved in recovery operations in regions hit by disaster. Prepare and prevent!
The ADAPT-2 prototype leverages all the features of HabiTek’s beta projects: modular design, resilient pre-engineered steel frame, and DIY-friendliness. In addition, the ADAPT-2 employs diagonal steel braces, or struts, to further strengthen the orthogonal frame which defines the living space(s): multiples of nominal 12’ x 12’ x 12’ cubes. This simplifies the geometry involved. All the steel components included in a “kit” are hot-dip galvanized. This is necessary in tropical marine environments, where steel, unless properly protected, will corrode. Also, termites do not “eat” steel. An Adapt-2 structure will be around for 100 years, or more.
Adapt-2 is under design development, a serious appeal to develop a truly resilient structure that can stand up to 157+ mph winds of a Cat 5 hurricane. Carmen Yulín Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico, made the call to develop a “transformative” structure after Hurricane Maria devastated the island in 2017. She understood viscerally that only through a new way of building could the cycles of destruction in Puerto Rico, and elsewhere in the Caribbean, end. With the Adapt-2 System, HabiTek is poised to take on this challenge.
Of course, the Adapt-2 would help in other regions as well: the Houston area, Florida Panhandle, and the Carolinas. The Houston region (Harvey) and The Carolinas (Florence) would especially benefit because the Apapt-2 is not only hurricane resistant, it also is elevated off the ground to mitigate the impacts of flooding.
It is not difficult to understand why pre-engineered, pre-fabricated, and pre-cut steal components are the answer to Mayor Yulín’s appeal. The only alternative in sight appears to be reinforced concrete, a hugely problematic approach for affordable housing in most regions, especially the Caribbean.
The above plan variations illustrate the extensibility of the Adapt-2 cube model. There is virtually no limit on the plan area. The system can be expanded further than the plan illustrations shown, to include hotels, commercial buildings, and even severe weather shelters.