Harbor Homes, HaitiHouse.org Debuts PermaShelter™ Self-Assembly Housing & Hart Lyman Cos Unveil Sustainable Village Concept

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Re-imagine Haiti Launches: Haitihouse.org and Hart Lyman Companies are debuting their turn-key sustainable village concept featuring the PermaShelter™ self-assembly village housing solution at the Sustainable Haiti conference being held in the Miami Beach convention center March 17th to the 19th, 2010. The conference is scheduled to encompass the many issues surrounding a sustainable recovery for the people of Haiti which includes the investment and incorporation of private business development inside the nation by American firms.

PermaShelter(tm) Haiti Family Housing Unit

PermaShelter™ homes... can be constructed by a handful of people without special skills with only the use of a wrench in less than a half hour each.

Re-imagine Haiti Launches: Haitihouse.org and Hart Lyman Companies are debuting their turn-key sustainable village concept featuring the PermaShelter(tm) self-assembly village housing solution at the Sustainable Haiti conference being held in the Miami Beach convention center March 17th to the 19th, 2010. The conference is scheduled to encompass the many issues surrounding a sustainable recovery for the people of Haiti which includes the investment and incorporation of private business development inside the nation by American firms.

An informative online video tour and assembly product demonstration is viewable at http://www.haitihouse.org.

In preparation for the upcoming presentations, Harbor Homes disaster recovery division, Haitihouse.org last week chaired the opening panel on construction, reconstruction and infrastructure development at the Global Investments Summit in Miami, which brought together a wide range of executives from the public, private and government sectors including many UN and worldwide humanitarian agencies. Highlighting the release of its innovative third generation disaster recovery housing solution - PermaShelter(tm) - the company introduced key speakers supporting the Haitian rebuilding effort and moderated the panel.

Working in conjunction with the Hart Lyman Companies LLC, a major U.S. real estate developer with expertise in all aspects of commercial and residential development, demolition, abatement and debris removal, environmental remediation, utility and infrastructure creation, Harbor Homes has master planned several self-sustaining Haitian resettlement villages.

The Harbor Homes/Hart Lyman joint venture has grown substantially in scope in only a few weeks, just as the finished home products have matured. Valuable input and insight was gained by constant interaction with Haitian families, mission groups and government representatives. A comprehensive plan has been created to establish factory space and employ Haitians in every phase of the operation.

On the ground in Haiti, strategic alliances have been established. Tecina S.A., one of Haiti's largest design, engineering and construction firms, has demonstrated a readiness with equipment and a large workforce. Haytrac, Haiti's largest service and equipment supplier, joins with the consortium, as well as Testa Corp. one of the largest U.S. demolition firms, and CHA companies, a large international civil engineering firm with a full host of design professionals and seismic specialists. The Hart Lyman Companies and their consortium are prepared to redevelop thousands of hectares in Haiti.

With dozens of diseases identified in Haiti, waste sanitation, fresh water, and clean environments along with hurricaneproof homes are the top priorities to stem the tide of ongoing debilitation. Hart Lyman has designed the resettlement villages to include fresh water sources and human waste treatment, along with the PermaShelter(tm) home and cargo2(tm) village support container units to create affordable, sanitary homes with independent fresh water sources where needed, in-house water treatment and solar powered electric delivering lighting, improved air flow and many other features that will combat disease. Once waste treatment and fresh water delivery are conquered, even on the village level, this will lead to greatly improved health conditions for the residents. Inherent features, such as the sloped roof which disallows standing mosquito breeding areas, and the raised floor on an anchored, galvanized structural steel welded frame, make PermaShelter(tm) an ideal choice for the nation since it is engineering certified to withstand 150 mph winds and is rated seismic D.

A native Haitian workforce will be trained to install and service the upgrades of the PermaShelter(tm) products as part of a four-stage economic development plan already under way to help Haiti expand employment. The stated housing goals of Harbor Homes include manufacture of houses that will lower crowding, improve sanitation, provide safer water, eliminate humidity, and create safer environments to lower traumatic injuries, so the medical care available can actually treat people and save lives. PermaShelter(tm) answers many of these most important needs for a permanent housing solution.

With rapid deployment, PermaShelter(tm) homes, which fit fourteen to a single shipping container, can be constructed by a handful of people without special skills with only the use of a wrench in less than a half hour each. The cargo2(tm) container units can be delivered and placed ready-to-use with only final water, sewer or power hookups to be made on-site.

Formerly a private FEMA contractor, Harbor Homes LLC, HaitiHouse(tm) Division has an impeccable record producing temporary housing, travel trailers, and more for disaster relief inside the United States. After hurricane Katrina, another division was responsible for building and transporting thousands of park model homes for American families.

A pioneer in Indoor Air Quality materials selection, processing and testing, Harbor Homes has delivered housing that far exceeds FEMA requirements for low or no formaldehyde, volatile organic compounds and other contaminants. Harbor Homes, using structural steel frames and uniquely insulated steel walls has eliminated almost all wood, adhesives, foam, polyisocyanurates, fiberglass, plastics and items that cause higher toxic levels, which can lead to future health issues.

Additional PermaShelter(tm) features: (view a complete video at http://www.haitihouse.org)

  • Easy to ship, place, install, disassemble and relocate - arriving ready to place and bolt panels together.
  • Available immediately in quantities up to 1,000 units weekly (housing up to 6,000 people) for production and delivery in three sizes 7'6" x 18 foot, 27 or 36 foot.
  • Has a locking door and screened oversized non-glass windows for personal protection and to shield residents from wind, rain, and weather damage. The hurricane shutter window covers provide security and fold-down to become tables for a variety of uses.
  • Pressure treated raised lumber floor on steel frame keeps all belongings dry, and protects the owners against illness from standing water.
  • Impervious to insects. Will not rot. Will not allow vermin to infest or nest.
  • Now comes with a 30-year warranty.
  • Affordable in bulk, and will not need to be constantly replaced, like tents, framed canvas and lesser housing units made of plywood or inferior materials.
  • Environmentally friendly and completely recyclable, moveable, transportable or reusable!
  • Instantly converts to a storefront, secure storage, guest quarters, and many other uses.
  • Establishes an export commodity for Haiti for a stronger future.

HaitiHouse(tm) is a division of luxury houseboat manufacturer, Harbor Homes LLC. In response to the global demand for permanent, safe, efficient and affordable disaster housing has released its PermaShelter(tm) brand line for purchase by government agencies, charities, mission groups and other involved in the Haitian recovery effort. PermaShelter(tm) can also be adapted for use in other areas such as Chile, Peru, Ecuador, and island nations.

The Hart Lyman Companies LLC and its principals have developed a wide array of real estate and investment projects over the past thirty-five years. Their strategy has both a national and international reach. Their long-term relationships with numerous Fortune 500 companies include Walgreens, General Electric and M&T Bank, just to name a few. They have been responsible for the development of over 75 ground-up projects in the past 15 years including (but not limited to) environmental clean-up, demolition, entitlement processes and all aspects of construction. With extensive experience in real estate development, renewable energy, industrial product supply and distribution among other industries, they possess a broad-based grasp along a dynamic spectrum of businesses. This diversity enables them analyze projects and opportunities from a wide range of capabilities.

A Haitihouse.org Disaster Recovery Team Members are ready to serve ALL charities, non-profit groups, churches, missionaries, medical services, corporations and government agencies and can take your calls at the following dedicated phones. All sales must be approved through the Haitian government agencies coordinating the resettlement program.

  • All Engineering/custom design and building inquiries: email mbatson(at)haitihouse.org
  • All relief organization relations and inquiries: jheath(at)haitihouse(dot)org
  • Press relations/broadcast requests/interviews: email pr(at)haitihouseorg
  • For sales orders call USA toll free 888-360-1492

Press interviews with the ownership are available live at the conference March 17-19 at the Miami Beach convention center.

Harbor Homes' headquarters is located at 1207 Sunset Drive, Thomasville, GA 31792 in South Georgia, USA - HaitiHouse(tm), cargo2(tm) and PermaShelter(tm) are trademarks of Harbor Homes LLC.

Hart Lyman offices are located in Syracuse, NY, Burlington, VT, Atlanta, GA and opening in March 2010 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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