A Steel Chassis for a Stronger, Greener Future
HabiTek applies modern materials and technology to age-old post-and-beam construction methods. The system combines the advantages of prefabricated, galvanized steel with the best aspects of conventional wood framing.
HabiTek is a true STEEL + WOOD HYBRID SYSTEM, and the only one of its kind. Our mission is to ease the transition from stick framing to a 21st Century “green” model that focuses on greater durability and longevity, while making building faster and less laborious.
The HabiTek system leverages the economy of prefabrication and the strength of steel to create homes suited for applications on marginal lands like flood plains, coastal regions prone to hurricanes & rising sea levels, and seismically-active zones. See our completed projects to see what makes Habitek's modular system unique.
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key featuresInterchangeable: A high degree of standardization means most components can be positioned anywhere within the framework. Components minimize handedness with symmetry in at least two directions, reducing concern for which side or end is up.
Expandable: The framework can be configured for future expansion.
Pre-engineered: All frameworks are custom engineered. When components are bolted together, the framework achieves the required structural integrity; making it virtually self-inspecting.
Transportable: HabiTek components are close-packed for intermodal delivery.
Manageable: All components are sized to be handled by two able-bodied persons; no heavy machinery is required. Further, components are pre-punched to receive the same diameter bolt. Bolts are secured with nuts that can be finger turned, and tightened using one combination spud wrench and ratchet.
Reusable: In the case of transitional or emergency housing, components can be disassembled and re-used for permanent structures.
Subsystem Compatibility: Holes are provided in components for wiring and plumbing.
Fit and Finish Flexibility: Finishing out a HabiTek framework is done largely in the conventional way (sheetrock, siding, roofing, etc.). Infill panels, whether framed in situ or provided by HabiTek in the form of pre-fabricated panels, are fastened to the steel chassis using tek screws and/or air-driven pins.
Do It Yourself (DIY): In the case of smaller structures, most mechanically-inclined laypersons can assemble a HabiTek framework as a high-tech barn raising.
Read about other benefits and features of the system.
coming soonHabiTek is now preparing to bring 200 square feet micro-cabin frameworks to do-it-yourselfers for purchase. One example of the chassis selections we will offer is shown on the left. Other kits will include a flat roof version, and a chassis elevated on piers. The image on the right is just one example of how HabiTek’s bolt-together “erector-set”-like chassis can be finished out by owner-builders. Check back soon for how-to-purchase information.
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