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CODE COMPLIANCE (FH YURTS)

FH Yurts are semi-permanent shelters.  Other than that, Folded Homes® makes no claims whatsoever regarding the compliance of its structures with any building code regulations, nor regarding the suitability of FH Yurts for any purpose. Please carefully read our Warranty and Liability Waiver before choosing to purchase a Folded Homes® structure. [See WARRANTY (FH YURTS)]

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DELIVERY TIME – LARGE ORDERS (FH YURTS)

Typically, from the moment Folded Homes® receives an order, down-payment or confirmation of payment into an escrow account for large international orders, it takes four weeks to order and receive the polypropylene extruded plastic sheets necessary for manufacture. Thereafter, Folded Homes® is able to produce approximately 10,000 FH Yurts a week.  Thus first shipment of large FH Yurt orders typically occurs five weeks from placement of the order. [See DEPOSITS & PAYMENT (LARGE ORDERS)]

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DEPOSITS & PAYMENT (LARGE ORDERS)

Folded Homes® reserves the right to require purchase deposits for large volume orders.  Typically these deposits cover the cost of materials purchased for manufacture and are not refundable except when Folded Homes® is unable to manufacture the shelters.  International clients may place their deposits in a mutually acceptable escrow account.

Final payment is due when the shelters have been manufactured and are ready for shipment.  The shelters are released for shipment as soon as full payment is received.

Clients can inspect the manufactured shelters at our manufacturing facility if they choose.
[See DEPOSITS & PAYMENT (SMALL ORDERS)]

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DEPOSITS & PAYMENT (SMALL ORDERS)

Folded Homes® reserves the right to require a deposit for small orders that typically covers the cost of materials required for manufacture. This deposit is non-refundable unless Folded Homes® is unable to manufacture your shelter.  The reason we may require this deposit is that we are obliged to make a minimum volume order of shelters from our manufacturer in order to be able to offer shelters to our clients at the prices we do.  “One-off” production of a single FH Yurt cannot take advantage of assembly-line production techniques and would cost Folded Homes® roughly twice the cost it charges consumers for a single FH Yurt.

Final payment is due when the shelters have been manufactured and are ready for shipment.  The shelters are released for shipment as soon as full payment is received.
[See DEPOSITS & PAYMENT (LARGE ORDERS)]

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DOWNLOADING A WEBSITE PDF-FILE READER

You can download many of the documents available on the Folded Homes® website.  These are typically PDF-format files.  If your computer does not currently have a PDF reader, you can download one for free from Adobe Systems at www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html.

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EXTRUDED PLASTIC OPTIONS – FIRE RETARDANT

To maximize the fire-retardant characteristics of your FH Yurt, You have the option to select Folded Homes® shelters manufactured from polypropylene plastic sheets chemically enhanced with a fire retardant additive. Request a special quote. [See FIRE DANGER (FH YURTS)]

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EXTRUDED PLASTIC OPTIONS – FIRE RETARDANT & MAX UV

You have the option to select Folded Homes® shelters manufactured from polypropylene plastic sheets chemically enhanced with both fire retardant and UV inhibitor additives. Request a special quote. [See FIRE DANGER (FH YURTS), and UV-ENHANCED PLASTIC (FH YURTS)]

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EXTRUDED PLASTIC OPTIONS – MAX UV

To slow the process of UV degradation of an otherwise untreated FH Yurt, you have the option to select Folded Homes® shelters manufactured from polypropylene plastic sheets chemically enhanced with a UV inhibitor additive. Please check the Folded Homes® shelter price list for details.
[See UV-ENHANCED PLASTIC (FH YURTS), and EXTENDING THE LIFE OF YOUR SHELTER (FH YURTS)]

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FH YURT CONNECTOR KIT

The FH YURT CONNECTOR KIT provides everything you need to connect any two TekYurts and/or UtiYurts together.  Any TekYurt or UtiYurt can be connected to up to five other TekYurts and/or UtiYurts by adding short, completely enclosed, connecting corridors that links each pair of FH Yurts together. [See MULTI-ROOM FH YURT STRUCTURES]

You need one FH YURT CONNECTOR KIT for each pair of FH Yurts you are connecting. Each connector corridor comes complete with a full-length latching door that separates the two FH Yurts.

You can create an endless variety of multi-room structures varying from a simple two-room FH Yurt cluster, to six-room star clusters (one central room surrounded by five peripheral rooms), to chains and rings of FH Yurts.  Ten FH Yurts can be connected together to form a ring of rooms which completely surround an enclosed courtyard to which access from the outside can be controlled.  Such a courtyard can act as a livestock pen or a controlled access compound. [See BUILDING ENCLOSED COMPOUNDS (FH YURTS)]


To install the FH Yurt connector,

  1. Place two FH Yurts next to each other so that the edge of the overhanging roof eave of one of the FH Yurt’s triangular roof segments touches the edge of the overhanging roof eave of a roof segment of the other FH Yurt. 
  2. You remove a pair of wall panels in each of the two FH Yurts. Viewed from the center of each FH Yurt, you remove the wall panel where the connecting corridor will go (the wall segment under the touching roof eaves from step one), and you remove the wall panel to its left.
  3. You replace the two respective left-side wall panels with a custom wall panel which does not have an overhanging flange.  This custom wall panel allows you to install the connecting corridor door in either FH Yurt.
  4. You install a header and footer that tie the two wall panels on each side of the corridor opening together.
  5. You then install the four corridor wall, floor, and roof panels.
  6. Finally you install the corridor door on the corridor end of your choice.

The connecting corridor is less than 8 inches (20.3 cm) long.  Four folding panels (two side wall panels and identical roof and floor panels) create a rectangular corridor that is completely protected from the elements.  The edges of the floor panel rise up several inches inside of the side panels to protect the corridor from outside ground water.  Ground flaps attached to the side panels allow the corridor to be attached to the ground with stakes, rocks, or earthen berms.
Please check the Folded Homes® shelter price list for details.

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FH YURT DUTCH-DOOR KIT

TekYurts come with a single Dutch-Door as standard equipment.  This kit provides everything you need to install a new Dutch door in either a TekYurt or a UtiYurt . [See DUTCH DOORS – WHAT ARE THEY?]

Dutch doors can only be used for external doors.  They cannot be used as doorways in connector corridors between FH Yurts.
[See MULTI-ROOM FH YURT STRUCTURES]

Dutch doors latch and lock.
Please check the Folded Homes® shelter price list for details.

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FH YURT HINGE KIT

Eventually the polypropylene ‘piano’ hinges of your TekYurt or UtiYurt doors and windows may fail.  Replacement hinges are available. [See HINGE REPAIR (FH YURTS)]
Please check the Folded Homes® shelter price list for details.

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FH YURT LONG-DOOR KIT

Each TekYurt comes with a single Dutch-door to the outside as standard equipment.  [See DUTCH DOORS – WHAT ARE THEY?] Each UtiYurt comes with a single latching long door without a lock as standard equipment. Both of these doors can be replaced with this latching and locking long-door version if preferred, or one or more long-doors can be added to a TekYurt or UtiYurt if appropriate. A FH Yurt long-door is shown here inside view on the left and outside view on the right.

Please check the Folded Homes® shelter price list for details.

 

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FH YURT WINDOW KIT

TekYurts come with a single window as standard equipment.  UtiYurts do not have a window as standard equipment. This kit contains all the parts necessary to install an opening window in a TekYurt or UtiYurt. [See WINDOW DIMENSIONS (TEKYURTS)]

Installation involves removing one of the wall panels of a TekYurt or UtiYurt and replacing it with a shorter wall panel.  To maintain the yurt’s tension ring you install a header between the two neighboring wall panels. You then install the window above the shorter wall panel and below the header.  Windows have a bolt on the inside face with allows them to be locked shut.

Please check the Folded Homes® shelter price list for details.

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FIRE-RETARDANT PLASTIC (FH YURTS)

To maximize the fire-retardant characteristics of your FH Yurt, you can select one manufactured with fire-retardant polypropylene extruded plastic.
[See FIRE DANGER (FH YURTS), and EXTRUDED PLASTIC OPTIONS – FIRE RETARDANT]

 

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PRICIING - PERSONAL USE SHELTERS & HUMANITARIAN SHELTERS

Folded Homes® has adopted a two-tier pricing structure for our shelters.  The volume pricing of shelters sold to humanitarian NGOs is partially subsidized by the pricing of our shelters sold to our personal use shelter clients.  In this way our personal use shelter clients participate in our mission of delivering humanitarian shelters where they are needed most. [See FOLDED HOMES MISSION]

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SEEING FOLDED HOMES SHELTERS (FH YURTS)

You can visit a Folded Homes® FH Yurt at several of our test or manufacturing sites including Renton Washington (just outside of Seattle), Berkeley California, and Tunkhannock Pennsylvania.  The locations where you can currently visit a FH Yurt are shown on the website Location Map.

In addition sometimes it is possible to arrange visits to FH Yurts deployed around the world.  Contact Folded Homes® if you need to visit one of these locations.

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SHIPPING & STORAGE SIZE (FH YURTS)

Individual TekYurts and UtiYurts are efficiently packed with all parts required for a standard installation in a flat rectangular shipping box which can be carried by two people. The box dimensions are 78” (198.1 cm) long, 50” (127 cm) wide, and 7.5” (19 cm) tall. The packed FH Yurt weighs 160 pounds (72.6kg.)

Individual LiteYurts are packed in a 79 3/4" (202.6 cm) x 51" (129.5 cm) x 4" (10.2 cm) panel box and a second smaller chimney hardware Box. The LiteYurt weighs 90 lbs. (40.82kg).

FH Yurt accessory kits are separately packed. [See SHIPPING CONTAINER CAPACITY (FH YURTS)]

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SHIPPING CONTAINER CAPACITY (FH YURTS)

A standard 40’ (12.2 m) shipping container can carry a maximum of 108 unpalleted, individually boxed TekYurts or UtiYurts. A standard 20’ (6.1 m) shipping container can carry a maximum of 48 unpalleted, individually boxed TekYurts or UtiYurts.

Assume that boxed TekYurts or UtiYurts are stacked eleven high in stacks of two pallets; the lower pallet in the stack holding six FH Yurts and the upper pallet in the stack holding five yurts. You can then fit 18 pallets of yurts in a 40’ shipping container, for a total of 99 palleted TekYurts or UtiYurts.  On the same basis you can fit 44 palleted TekYurts or UtiYurts in to a 20’ shipping container.

Similarly, a maximum of 207 unpalleted (189 palleted) LiteYurts can be packed in a 40’ shipping container, while a maximum of 92 unpalleted (84 palleted) LiteYurts can be packed in a 20’ shipping container

If FH Yurt accessories are being shipped with the order, space for these must be allowed for. [See SHIPPING & STORAGE SIZE (FH YURTS)]

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SHIPPING QUOTES

Folded Homes® contracts with several shipping companies and can provide you with a shipping quote for delivery of your shelter order.  Nonetheless, for large volume and international orders in particular, we recommend that you verify shipping options and pricing with local companies familiar with your specific requirements.   [See TRANSPORT REUIREMENTS – GETTING IT THERE (FH YURTS), SHIPPING & STORAGE SIZE (FH YURTS), and SHIPPING CONTAINER CAPACITY (FH YURTS)]

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TEKYURTS & UTIYURTS – WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

The Folded Homes® line of high-tech yurt shelters contains three varieties; TekYurts, UtiYurts, and LiteYurts.  The fundamental origami architecture technology for all three is the same. The general method of assembly is the same.  But LiteYurts differ from the other two designs because they are single-walled decahedrons while the TekYurts and UtiYurts are double-walled twenty-sided polygons with identical overall sizes. The differences between the TekYurts and the UtiYurts are in the plastic and the secondary features. UtiYurts are manufactured with standard polypropylene extruded plastic.  TekYurts are manufactured with polypropylene enhanced with an anti-UV additive that slows the gradual degradation of plastic from the sun’s UV rays.. [See ORIGAMI ARCHITECTURE – WHAT’S THAT?, and EXTRUDED PLASTIC – WHAT’S THAT?]

Consider the UtiYurt as a utility yurt having fewer and simpler parts than a TekYurt. An UtiYurt is comprised of a round wall, a cone roof with insulted central vent that supports a stove chimney, and a single full-length door that latches but does not lock.  UtiYurts may be the ideal choice for annex structures that don’t require windows or Dutch doors.

The TekYurt is an enhanced version of the UtiYurt .  It includes a latching and locking Dutch Door, and a locking window as standard parts. [See DUTCH DOORS – WHAT ARE THEY?, and WINDOW DIMENSIONS (TEKYURTS)]

TekYurt and UtiYurt doors are interchangeable and both versions of these high-tech yurt shelters can be upgraded with additional doors and windows. [See CUSTOMIZING TEKYURTS & UTIYURTS]

You can use TekYurts and UtiYurts interchangeably when constructing multi-room structures. [See MULTI-ROOM FH YURT STRUCTURES]

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TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS – GETTING IT THERE (FH YURTS)

FH Yurts are relatively light weight.  Two people can carry a boxed 160 lbs. (72.6kg) TekYurt or UtiYurt. A boxed LiteYurt weighs only 90 lbs. (40.82kg). The unassembled shelter is small enough that it can be delivered to its final destination on the backs of two men (or one donkey.) [See WEIGHT (FH YURTS), and SHIPPING & STORAGE SIZE (FH YURTS)]

Because FH Yurts take advantage of origami architecture, they pack and store extremely efficiently.  This also means that large quantities of these shelters can be palletized and shipped efficiently. [See ORIGAMI ARCHITECTURE – WHAT’S THAT?, and SHIPPING CONTAINER CAPACITY (FH YURTS)]

It is easy and efficient to break apart palletized stacks of individually boxed TekYurts and UtiYurts if heavy equipment like fork lifts is unavailable.

We do not recommend pushing them out of the back of helicopters (unless the helicopter is on the ground)…

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UV-ENHANCED PLASTIC (FH YURTS)

Long-life FH Yurts manufactured from polypropylene extruded plastic containing an anti-UV additive are available. [See EXTRUDED PLASTIC OPTIONS – MAX UV]

At maximum strength, UV enhancement additives increase the expected functional life-time of the extruded plastic by about 100%.  Major manufacturers of polypropylene typically report that standard polypropylene extruded plastic sheets will perform satisfactorily for about two years.  They report that their UV-enhanced polypropylene will perform satisfactorily for between four and five years in high-sunlight environments.

The Folded Homes® long-term shelter test program is ongoing. As of December 3, 2007, the oldest remaining UtiYurt being tested had been performing satisfactorily for 416 days in the high desert country of Christmas Valley Oregon. The remoteness of that test site makes it difficult to visit frequently. [See EXTRUDED PLASTIC – WHAT’S THAT?]

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VALUE EQUATION – WHAT IS SHELTER PROVISION’S REAL COST?

Inevitably two competing factors must be balanced when making a choice about shelter. What kind of shelter is required? How much will it really cost?

To help answer the first question consider 10 QUESTONS TO ASK ABOUT SHELTERS. To answer the second question, consider the following.

The displacement occasioned by a humanitarian crisis frequently lasts substantially longer than anticipated.  Often “short term” shelter becomes, by necessity, “long term” shelter. 

  • Shelters distributed for summer use become problematical when colder or wetter weather sets in. 
  • After a year, the cotton or nylon thread holding tents together begins to disintegrate from UV exposure.

These are some of the temporal realities that affect the type of shelter that is appropriate for a given crisis.  How long does the shelter need to last? What are the weather conditions that it will need both to withstand and to protect its occupants from? When comparing the value of one solution relative to others, the necessary maintenance and/or replacement of the initial shelter should be considered along side to the cost of the initial shelter itself. In short, the cost of shelter provision through the entire period of the crisis needs to be considered.

Humanitarian crises rarely occur in convenient locations.  The cost of getting shelter to those that need it often exceeds the value of the shelter itself.  Yet if that delivery cost isn’t incurred the shelter won’t be provided. Related factors include

  • unit shelter weight,
  • unit shelter shipping size,
  • delivery of required shelter deployment accessories such as ladders and stakes,
  • the size and type vehicle required for delivery and whether local transportation infrastructure at the crisis location will support those vehicles,

  • heavy equipment required for loading and unloading during transit,

All the delivery requirements imposed by the shelter selected should have a bearing on which shelter is chosen in order to reduce their contribution to cost.  In general, a compact, reasonably light-weight shelter will incur fewer delivery costs. [SEE TRANSPORT REQUIREMENTS – GETTING IT THERE (FH YURTS)]

Finally, the shelter technology itself has a bearing on costs.  Technology factors affecting shelter deployment include

  • required terrain preparation
  • ease of assembly affecting deployment time,
  • required trainers and on-site supervision,
  • necessary tools and erection scaffolding or ladders

  • whether power is required.

All of these real costs should also be factored into the value equation.

Considering all factors when comparing available shelter options helps determine the relative cost benefits of various shelter solutions. 
[See TEKYURTS – WHAT ARE THEY?]

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VOLUME ORDER QUOTATIONS

The Folded Homes® website Price List includes pricing for individual shelters and accessories as well as examples of volume pricing. The price and volume availability of raw materials is constantly changing. Please allow us three days to produce a specific quotation for you.

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WARRANTY (FH YURTS)

Folded Homes® warrants that TekYurts, UtiYurts, LiteYurts and associated FH Yurt accessory kits will leave the manufacturing facility complete, undamaged and properly packaged, and that all materials used in manufacture will perform according to the specifications of their primary manufacturers for the duration of the Folded Homes® warranty.

This warranty explicitly excludes any assumption of a TekYurt’s, UtiYurt’s or a LiteYurt’s suitability for any specific purpose.

The lengths of Folded Homes® warranties are shelter dependent since they reflect the types of materials used in manufacture. LiteYurts and UtiYurts are covered by a limited 9-month warranty. TekYurts are covered by a limited 18-month warranty. [See TEKYURTS – WHAT ARE THEY? and UTIYURTS – WHAT ARE THEY?]

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