For over twenty years, Greg Higgins has undertaken extensive research in residential building technology, traveling throughout the United States and Japan. His interest in housing technology, systems building, and sustainability, including the design of passive solar homes and solar heated commercial greenhouses, has been driven by a desire to both improve the quality of housing and lower associated costs.
In the 1990s, Greg was one of the original members of the National Association of Home Builder’s Residential Advisory Group concerned with steel framing, and has long been involved in the use of steel components in full-scale residential applications. He was awarded a US patent for the revolutionary HabiTek steel hybrid framing system, which combines steel and wood members to achieve broad design flexibility. By using mass produced components that can be quickly assembled by relatively unskilled crews using simple hand tools, the HabiTek System is often described as a full-scale erector set.
Greg founded HabiTek®, LLC in May of 2000 to further research and development of steel-based modular framing technology, particularly in low and medium-rise structures such as apartments, hotels, single-family homes, and vacation retreats. Greg acts as HabiTek’s Managing Member from headquarters in Spokane, Washington. He oversees activities of numerous suppliers and consultants and takes a personal interest in all HabiTek projects.
Throughout his career as a practicing architect, Greg has also undertaken a broad range of commercial projects for corporate clients throughout the United States, including in New York City, Miami and Los Angeles. Greg was Telemundo Network’s architect throughout much of the 1990s, including Telemundo’s corporate headquarter facilities in both NYC and Hialeah, Florida.
Greg holds a Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Washington State University, and a Master of Science Degree in Architecture from Columbia University, New York City.