What is a Safe T Home®?

Safe T Home®

After the January 2010 earthquake devastated Haiti, we saw an opportunity to help. We designed the Safe T Home®, measuring 18-feet in diameter and made entirely of metal, making it resistant to termites and moisture. They are also virtually earthquake proof. Each home can sleep 10 or more and features a double-roofed system that displaces heat, a full-size, lockable steel door, two windows that can be locked from within and a water collection system. The Safe T Home® is built to withstand strong winds. In 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated Haiti with winds in excess of 145 mph and all 200 of the homes prevailed with just minor damage. In contrast, the vast majority of traditional homes in the area were destroyed. Each Safe T Home® was able to hold up to 60 people in order to ride out the storm. The Safe T Home® has a life expectancy of 75 years and can be assembled on-site with simple hand tools. Along with Haiti, they can be found in Africa and Peru.

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Galvanized Sidewall Sheets

Sidewall sheets are made of 20 gauge corrugated galvanized steel. The galvanization makes the exterior maintenance-free and the units have a 70-year life span. Sidewalls are 8' high and the overall structure stands 13.5' from floor to roof peak.

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Interior Space

Each Safe T Home® is 18' in diameter and has 254 ft2 of usable interior space. Lofts also come standard in every Safe T Home® to provide additional room. Multiple units can be grouped together to create multi-room structures.

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Interior Loft

The Sukup Safe T Home® is equipped with an interior loft. The loft adds 50% more square footage to the entire Safe T Home® and can hold up to 1,200 lbs. evenly distributed. Space between the base angle and loft bottom measures 7' (84"). The loft is easy to install with no holes to drill.

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Water Collection Potential

Water collection is made possible with the roof technology in each Safe T Home®. Rainwater is captured by the louvers in the heat shield. This water, along with any water that condenses between the shield and the roof, can be collected in receptacles (not provided) fastened to the eave.

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Double Roof Structure

The roof of the Safe T Home® was specifically designed to allow ventilation and prevent overheating of the interior area. The cupola allows ventilation and is made of high-strength, perforated galvanized steel. The continuous eave vent keeps rainwater from entering the structure while allowing constant ventilation, regardless of wind direction.

The louvered outer roof provides constant shade for the primary roof decking, creating a barrier to prevent overheating of the interior of the unit. Louvers in the outer roof allow the hot air to escape, while allowing rain water in for collection at the eave.

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Safety and Security

Each and every Sukup Safe T Home® features a full-size, lockable, steel door.. Windows have lockable exterior doors with 16 gauge perforated steel interior screens that allow ventilation while still providing security.

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Anchoring Options

There are three different anchoring options for the Safe T Home®. The structures can be secured to non-penetrable surfaces using the ballast boxes, which are standard on every Safe T Home®. Ballast boxes can be filled with whatever material is available on site (brick, rock, gravel, dirt, etc.). They can also be anchored to a concrete slab or secured to ground using soil penetrating anchors.

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Basic Hand Tools*

Each shipment can come complete with everything needed to erect a complete Safe T Home®. Homes are shipped as one unit and assembled on-site with basic hand tools. A center pole for erection is also optional. All sidewall and roof sheets have the bolt holes pre-punched and aligned. Every home is manufactured with advanced roll forming equipment to ensure close tolerances for a high quality shelter.
*Required hand tools are standard with homes for humanitarian efforts.


Other Considerations

  • Hand tools come standard for humanitarian efforts (501(c)(3)) and are optional on for-profit orders.
  • 10 units fit in a standard shipping container.
  • No special equipment is needed to transport a Safe T Home®.
  • Solar panel with light attachment is optional.
  • Ballast Boxes can also be used as garden boxes for flowers or plants.
  • Scaffolding and 6 ft. step ladder helpful to erect (not included).

Sukup Safe T Home® | The solution for housing in developing countries