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“QUIKIEHOME” produces a residential structure to deal with
environmental risks such as hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and fire. These
disasters require damaged structures to be rebuilt in large numbers rapidly,
efficiently, and economically. They suggest the need for alternatives to
existing construction methods that can withstand recurring environmental risks
and hazards. This encourages the development of a new type of construction
method to satisfy all such requirements. The States of Louisiana, Alabama, And
Mississippi are in need of an immediate solution related to the extensive
residential flood damage caused by the recent weather disaster. With a limited
time-frame for providing suitable replacement housing, during which the existing
damaged residential structures contaminated by water damage and mold must be
removed before any replacement construction is possible, the portion of the
population now suffering from lack of suitable housing will be faced with the
extensive challenge of both survival and interaction with the necessary
financial burdens and rebuilding.
Although some may have availed themselves of suitable private or public sector insurance, provided they continued to renew the premiums, which may or may not provide the necessary financial benefits contemplated, the availability of construction materials, licensed tradespersons, and replacement structures rebuilt in keeping with necessary building codes represents a substantial burden. Developments in construction techniques, particularly those taking advantage of non-traditional materials and application of “next generation” technology could represent a methodology for drastically shortening the rebuilding process and lessening the replacement cost factors and the burden on those in need.
By using the “on-site” advantage to deliver this building method, there are a number of significant advantages over conventional methods:
• Efficient, Scalable Production: Innovative hybrid field / factory production system can be deployed rapidly in damage-troubled areas to provide the capability to efficiently scale production across a broad range from single structures to large groups in a development configuration.
• Rapid Build: The mobile production capability, factory automation contained in an over-the-road or rail platform, and advanced supply chain management provide for control of both construction lead times and completion times measured in weeks rather than months.
• Economical: The structures are cost-competitive with conventional (stick-build) systems. factory production of interior modules containing kitchen and bathroom elements components provides additional efficiencies, lowering costs while maintaining higher quality.
• Customizable: The hybrid build system can efficiently be utilized to produce single-family homes, apartment buildings, and commercial structures with exterior shell and interior components customized to match local cosmetic design needs.
• Quality Assured: Integration of quality management and assurance is fully integrated into the
production system to meet ASTM, ACI, and ISO quality management standards
• Reduced Environmental Risk: The structures resist environmental risks from hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, and insect infestation
• Lower Cost of Insurance Claims and Ownership: The combination of a durable structured exterior shell with engineered interior components delivers greatly reduced maintenance and ownership costs.
• Energy Efficient: Superior thermal characteristics, and high thermal mass, stabilizes interior temperatures and dramatically reduces heating and cooling costs.
• Lower Insurance Costs: in certain areas, in contrast to stick built homes, the reduction in risk from environmental disaster suggests establishing specialized insurance programs that will reduce homeowner premiums.
Guided by the precepts that resource conservation during design and construction; the conservation of resources during operations; and protection of occupants’ health, well being, and productivity should be the resultant, the concept identifier “QUIKIEHOME” develops high-performance, energy-efficient structures that provide affordable occupant comfort and well-being while minimizing environmental impacts and reduced the operating costs associated with electricity, heating fuel, and water. It encourages local, State, and Federal government entities to consider it as an alternate solution to overcome home replacement for population members displaced by flooding which is fundamentally better building to resist any subsequent flooding. The comfortable, efficient, appealing design is also ultimately more profitable to construct due to the application of technology.
“Next Generation” technical developments have enabled the “on-site” construction of approximately 1500 square foot individual residential housing units incorporating supplemental solar power (photovoltaic) system, LED lighting alternative to incandescent, rainwater accumulator serving a hydroponic vegetable growing capability, and other sustainable “greening” aspects making the structure extremely efficient and deliver lower energy and water utility costs then their conventional counterparts.
The use of more durable material results in reduced replacement cost and provides additional life-cycle financial benefits. The evidence developed from construction of the initial prototype and a subsequent production model version confirmed the structure’s unique ability to withstand substantial wind loading and subsequent flooding. With extremely low energy cost of operation and HAVAC coefficient making it a beneficial heating and cooling housing solution, it offers the ability to drastically shorten the time to reestablish communities and benefit those displaced. Using a combination of plastic and concrete substrates to produce a structural shell, “QUIKIEHOME” produced in an “over-the-road” “by-rail” transportable platform containing a proprietary system for producing the complete residential shell from interlocking panels in an average fourteen (14) days, “QUIKIEHOME” construction employs unskilled labor drawn from the displaced population, providing both the return to housing normalcy and a financially supportive labor revenue stream. The resulting residential structure is attached to the existing foundation after “scraping” removal of the original structure, makings use of the existing utility connectivity in the foundation, and incorporates substantial advantages which overcome subsequent flooding.
Using placement of operational modules for kitchen and bathroom services within the structure and conventional interior finishing for floor, walls and ceilings completes the construction process. Evidence of its viability to withstand a repeat of the current cause of destruction is easily confirmed. The primary prototype model and subsequent completion of the production model, and their proven resistance to the effects of damage caused by “Mother Nature” substantiates the viability of the constructive process. Cosmetic aspects which render components with inclusive brick, siding, stucco, and other appearance aspects cast into modules during the constructive process or applied in the post-finishing phase to suit make the “QUIKIEHOME” solution compatible with other affordable community approaches.
IMPLICATIONS OF THE CONCEPT
While the Company initially concentrated on development of an awareness component for the delivery of a “next generation” methodology of generating “on site” replacement residential and commercial housing structures as an alternative to “stick built” construction after major disasters, the design of an upscale consumer version, the applications for the patented frame and structural components, and the continuing need for availability suggests a broader concept. The conceptual “QUIKIEHOME-MAKER”, a portable factory which is sourced by volumetric mixers and processed to produce the shell of a 1500 square foot residential structure in fourteen days or less allows for a wide variety of alternative business models far in excess of simply replacement housing.
The production capability to construct the necessary components was developed over a five year period. The initial design confirmed the ability of the technique to produce a range of components which delivered suitable structural and cosmetic aspects. The production version, deliberately placed in a geographic location prone to destructive weather forces incorporated enhanced design aspects. With models at two selected sites in Texas confirming the production methodology delivers the expected results, the final step in the ability to deliver the construction technique “on site” was applied to housing the necessary equipment in a portable platform. Development of the internal equipment and the transport platform which could be moved over-the-road or by rail finalized the ability to begin discussions for the final step, a mass production relationship with agencies and individuals necessary to reach the goal of a project oriented capability.
The critical path in any activity utilizing “new” technology is to gain the support of experts in the field who can attest to what has been developed and how it can best be implemented. The second production version withstood the full fury of “Mother Nature” and was virtually undamaged despite the total destruction of surrounding communities. This provided an actuality for having the production result evaluated.
With the original business model clearly defined, together with basic framework of a production model with modified structural versions replacing any potential shortfalls identified in the first model, an approach was made to have the production model evaluated within the scope of those evaluating necessary elements related to disaster relief. Although it was expected that the concept would gain interest among those who face substantial disaster situations, the substantial revenue stream possibilities were most likely to develop from disaster agency relief efforts requiring short time frame living accommodations and longer term housing replacement.
The opportunity to present the concept to those involved in disaster relief to confirm the viability of the construction technique resulted in clear support
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Housed in a dual-mode aerodynamic over the road trailer design, the “QUIKIEHOME-MAKER” housing technology “factory” is EPA Smartway Approved. It provides the flexibility of highway transportation movement with the efficiency of rail using a changeable-“footprint” function. It delivers the ongoing process capability to consistently produce defect free material (zero defect target), and parts to complete 1500 square foot residential shells “on site” in 14 days at a below $50,000USD cost factor. The proprietary process and equipment (machinery, tools, fixtures, etc.) yield components with fit, form and function that ensure a quality resultant.
The economy of scale for constructing the shell is solely dependent upon the overall cost of the non-hazardous component materials when applied to an individual unit. The advantages of a predicable labor cost to create the fully extruded structure and the extremely short personnel training period to assemble the structure hardly creates a per unit cost variation Adequate gauges and measuring/testing equipment for process control are included.
Each produced unit is delivered to meet “standard” specifications as identified in the completion contract. Variations developed from customer option selection are included. Basic contract terms stipulate:
a) Structure Capacity (in square footage)
b) Capability to meet specifications
c) Revision level of drawings / specifications
d) Delivery Timing Requirements
e) Structure Cost
The “QUIKIEHOME” concept provides a vast advantage to those facing long delays in finding a solution to flooding while temporarily residing in locally-available housing or in temporary structures provided by disaster relief agencies. Benefits also are derived by communities, which can shorten the effect of displaced population members.
The community benefits from “QUIKIEHOME” affordable housing because it is a dynamic solution which contributes to maintaining a reason to remain in the area.
providing direct economic benefits to the local community, including available work, an increased demand for goods and services which in turn provides increased local employment opportunities
promoting the lowering of housing costs to accommodate affordable meeting of education, health costs, and family values.
Encouraging the participation of those from the local community to enhance their skill base to meet the needs of community rebuilding efforts.
Provides a means of encouraging displaced residents to remain in areas which house their personal support networks.
Offer significant financial incentives to create subsequent mixed-type development and joint ventures to further increase post-disaster population rebuilding.
“QUIKIEHOME” has employed the consulting services of the nonprofit Emerging Growth Institute to develop awareness of this potential solution to disaster recovery construction concerns. It has reviewed the credentials of the Management Team, evaluated the existing prototype and production models, conducted interviews with personnel, and confirmed component product viability claims.
Ronald Bell – Director of Construction. Ron Bell has more than 30 years experience in the manufacturing and construction of residential and commercial structures and is expert in the application of pre-produced SCIP panels. He has been a Plant Engineer, an Industrial Engineer, a construction sales manager, and a Welding and Fabrication Manager.