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Michael McDaniel, the mind behind the Reaction Housing System recently contacted me for a sneak peek of his first full scale and functional rapid response emergency housing systems named The Exo. At first glance these slick futuristic “pods” reminded me of a forward thinking cabin or tent or some type of cool small structure. For me, I really didn’t think “Emergency Housing System”. Maybe I never gave it any thought in the past because I haven’t been one of those unfortunate people that had been displaced by a natural disaster or other devastating event. I am thoroughly impressed at the dedication that Michael has shown with the development, design and production of The Exo. Make sure to click “READ MORE” to see a overview video and learn more about these amazing life changing structures.

“I am obsessed with creating design that matters. Reaction may be my little passion project from Texas, but I believe it will truly help others. That is why I am so driven on making it real.”

exo reaction housing system plastolux modern pod

exo reaction housing system plastolux modern pod



exo reaction housing system plastolux modern pod

The interior and exterior skins are made from a composite called Tegris, aka “poor man’s carbon fiber”, which is made by Milliken. It is a cool material that is super light weight, recyclable, and incredibly strong. It is actually being used to armor vehicles for the military now and as air dams for NASCAR.

exo reaction housing system plastolux modern pod

With the Reaction Exo units, the Tegris skins are placed over an aluminum super structure and filled with expanding closed cell foam to form a super durable shell that is only 400lbs complete with doors and bunks. The computer models estimate that each Exo shell has an insulation value of around R-21.

exo reaction housing system plastolux modern pod

exo reaction housing system plastolux modern pod

The separate floor plate is a steel frame with birch flooring that swings open like barn doors to accept ballast for anchoring the units down. A floor plate’s expanded metal ballast tray can hold over 1600 lbs of sandbags, loose sand, or rubble. The Exos retail for $4800 each if configured like these prototypes with a 90 day lead time from our factory in Bassett, Virginia.

exo reaction housing system plastolux modern pod

exo reaction housing system plastolux modern pod

exo reaction housing system plastolux modern pod

exo reaction housing system plastolux modern pod

exo reaction housing system plastolux modern pod

Learn More about The Reaction Housing System
http://www.reactionhousingsystem.com


 


  • shoe

    the design is spare, “linear” and attracive in a CaseStudyHouses/”modern-style” way.

    not sure how a 90 day lead time works for disaster victims.

    it would most likely be a gov’t-body purchase anyway.
    perhaps the developer is hoping to sell them internationally or to NGO’s.

    moving them with a forklift in an airplane hangar is convenient,
    but i question whether a disaster location would be as hospitable for moving them around and locating them.

    – shoe

  • http://www.reactionhousingsystem.com Michael McDaniel

    Shoe, I just wanted to answer your questions if I can.

    The 90 day lead time is for our initial manufacturing setup. Once our assembly line is setup, orders can be completed fast as we will have an output of 15 to 20 units per line, per day. Reaction is designed to be purchased in advance and stored by NGOs or governmental bodies until needed (like you mentioned). It is NOT intended to be purchased after the fact nor to be used for long term housing. Reaction is all about rapid deployment; however, “the table has to be set” in a manor of speaking to allow that.

    The forklift in the photo isn’t needed since they are light enough to moved around by hand. That is why you see the hand holds around the sides of each unit. The factory photos (the unit in its two parts above) were moved around by hand, not a forklift. The production model will shave an additional 100lbs off of the prototype weight to get the Exos even lighter and easier to handle.

    We know this isn’t a silver bullet by any means and are constantly refining the design as we go along. We have a lot of upcoming usability tests and are always open to any feedback and suggestions.


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