In the 2018 World Risk Index, the Philippines was ranked as the third country most vulnerable to climate change in the world. As seen in current events, many of the strongest typhoons frequently pass the archipelago leaving thousands of Filipinos homeless each time. It is also located in the Pacific Ring of Fire, making the country more prone to experiencing earthquakes.
As a preventive response, CUBO aims to build houses in the Philippines that are resilient enough to withstand anything, from earthquakes to harsh weather conditions.
How do CUBOs resist harsh weather and calamities?
CUBOs are made in adherence to the International Residential Code, ensuring that they are resilient in the face of most calamities. To achieve this, each house we build is put together with earthquake and typhoon straps. These metal connectors are capable of holding all the house’s structural members together, forming into a cohesive body that stands firmly.
Additionally, a benefit of the modular homes that we offer is that if one part was left damaged after a hazard, it can easily be replaced with another piece. This replacement can be done without having to alter the entire structure.
How does engineered bamboo make CUBO homes strong?
The panels of CUBOs are made of engineered bamboo, a material that we consider to be the future of housing. As a processed form of natural bamboo, it is fibrous and sturdy enough to withstand pressure that the strong winds of typhoons may bring. With a tensile strength of 26,600 psi, its strength is up to fourteen times stronger than concrete and local hardwood!
Engineered bamboo in its raw form
Our engineered bamboo is coated with abrasive resistant coating, giving it a low water absorption rate. It also has a B2 Fire Rating, making it normally inflammable.
The robust characteristics of this material, combined with the structural strength ensured by earthquake and typhoon straps, make each CUBO strong enough to endure such calamities.
Can CUBOs withstand floods?
CUBOs are bolted onto the stilts in the foundation grounds, providing an elevated and sturdy base for the home. The roofs of CUBOs are also designed to be slanted to ensure that rainwater does not gather on the house’s ceiling.
At CUBO, we want to build homes where people do not just live in, but also feel safe in. We ensure that in every part of the process of putting up a CUBO, we keep the homeowner’s well-being in mind.
To learn more about what we offer, head over to our online catalog to browse through our models. For any more inquiries, feel free to send us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org!