The HabiTek System

Key Features

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A Steel Chassis for a Stronger, Greener Future


HabiTek applies modern materials and technology to age-old post-and-beam construction. The system provides the advantages of prefabricated, galvanized steel, and in many instances the best aspects of conventional wood framing, to enclose the resilient steel structure.

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 features

Interchangeable: 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.
HabiTek is proud to announce the successful completion of the BAJA CASA EXHIBITION.

This summer HabiTek assembled components for its newest resilient home designed to resist the extraordinary forces present near the southern end of the Baja Peninsula, Mexico. The Baja Casa is a first for HabiTek: it is all galvanized STEEL AND CONCRETE construction. This was a customer requirement, primarily because of the threat of hurricanes and termites, as well as the impacts of tropical marine environments on wood construction.

All components seen above are to be delivered to the owner's site for final assembly this fall. In the future we will post more information on the Baja Casa, and explain further why the HabiTek System is especially suited for coastal environments that face hurricanes and flooding (including storm surge). A home constructed of non-combustible materials, such as the Baja Casa, would also make sense in areas prone to wildfires, such as those tragically unfolding now in California.