The Clever House design was created more than 20 years ago and received a European Patent. The Foam-Cement Wall Panel system was invented in Germany by Mr. Peter Franzen. Clever House LLC, is in Jackson, Wyoming, with European headquarters in Vienna, Austria, the original and current patent holder.
In today’s modern world people can own 2-5 homes in their lifetime and have lived in 8-12 various locations. Additionally the costs of replacing, repairing or rebuilding homes has become expensive for families across the US. Deteriorating homes and communities have created empty plots of land that can be captured for new communities. Born out of necessity as a “Non-Traditional” Mobile Home, ConTec Homes are built ruggedly to replace wooden structures with a durable long life concrete foam structure that has a design life of more than 50 years.
Traditional concrete construction requires steel rebar to add strength to every surface. In the case of Clever House’ ConTec design each panel is a composite assembly capturing “concrete foam” between two layers of concrete thin panels with steel end caps on either side.
A unique patented design that provides for great thermal efficiency and unduplicated strength. The process is now being added to the method of producing Mobile Homes delivering high quality, durable very low-cost housing.
ConTec™ foam-cement wall panel technology consists of a continuous metal frame, an inner Foam-Cement core and a layer of ﬁber-cement board glued to the metal frame on both sides of the foam inner core. The ConTec Foam-Cement Wall Panel Technology is perfect for multifamily mid-rise structures. It is ﬁreproof and sound deadening, while also being extremely wind and earthquake resistant. The smooth surface of the Foam-Cement wall panel serves as both structural and ﬁnished surfaces at the same time. Construction time is greatly reduced.
ConTec manufactured homes are produced as a mobile home complete with chassis, wheels and flooring. Laborers stand up, install and afix ConTec panels on the steel frame attached to the floor that is mounted on the chassis. Panels are pre-painted and finished with the roof panels and windows installed for completion.
Like its wooden counterpart ConTec homes are located onsite accomplished through the use of non-skilled laborers to place each unit on a concrete slab. Mooring Cables or foundation pilings can be used to attach the chassis to the slab for the best and stable results.
Once located, a ConTec home is designed to withstand all forms of nature from fires, wind storms and floods. Water can’t get into the walls, fire can’t burn the walls and they can withstand winds up to 150 mph. Because of its independent moorings, earthquakes have little effect on the structure. For active earthquake locations the home can be mounted on frequency cancellation mountings. Additionally, ConTec homes can be relocated to a new community if required at any time.
The dominant use of wood in the construction of homes has not changed for more than a hundred years. The utilization of wood in the construction of housing still represents 92% of construction material costs in a modern home today. In the late 1930’s trailer homes were created as smaller home like living quarters that could be used for camping and traveling. In the late 1940’s the mobile home was created being much bigger and was designed to be either permanently or temporarily placed at living location.
The original ConTec concrete panel design came from the question, how can a wall be stronger, longer lasting, fireproof, never rot and yet light weight enough, and be able to be used for manufactured homes? A seemingly impossible task over traditional wooden construction. Once the ConTec panels are completed they are prepared and finished on both sides of the wall and roof for assembly onto the foundation framed chassis as in a wooden framed structure.
As an option every home in a community can have Tesla Solar installed at the factory during the production process. The program is designed to (1) reduce the amount of energy consumed, (2) eliminate the cost of energy for the entire community, proving the sustainability value of the solar community and, (3) sell the energy back to the utilities thus reducing the cost of the community. The home’s roof will have Tesla Solar panels replacing standard shingles from the past.
The sandwich panel is a newly developed and patented construction technology composite consisting of a metal framework, a double layer of fiber-cement boards at least 8 mm thick, and a wet poured mix of Polyurethane Foam Beads and Cement. All panels are modular in design and contain plumbing, electrical and gas lines. When fully cured, this composite is the only structural supporting panel in the world that does not need additional wood, steel or concrete members up to 4 stories in height. Because of this modularity, it’s easy to add active and non-active panels into walls, floors and ceilings in the home assembly process.
No special tools or skills are needed to assemble a ConTec home at the location or in a factory. Wooden components and trims are typically the only non-steel or concrete products in the assembly. Cross drilling is used to capture cross beams and foundation beams creating a complete floor to wall to roof assembly.
This composite wall and framing assembly creates a bow like modular unit that delivers high strength allowing for additional floors to be added, and “A” frame trusses to mount the roof panels.
The wall frames become the forms for the wet poured mix of Polyurethane Foam and Cement. The metal forms then become the structural part of the final panel unit.
The illustration shows panel assemblies and how they are fitted tighter together in a U channel and cross beam and footer beam (basement) fashion making for a complete assembly.
Spot welds can be added for even greater strength and durability.
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