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MANUFACTURERS OFFERS NEW ENVIRONMENTAL TECHNOLOGY BREAKTHROUGH FOR MASS-PRODUCED HOUSING

 SIMI VALLEY, Calif., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A Southern California home manufacturer of ecological tubular housing announced today that he is conferring with South American government officials to build 1.2 million units in Ecuador, 600,000 dwellings in Costa Rica and another half million in Brazil.
 Anson Charles, president of Charles All-Ways Inc., said the Eco- Tube House offers immediate housing to those who need it the most, such as the homeless and low-income families and the redevelopment of communities devastated by hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters.
 Assembly-line manufacturing provides instantaneous construction of approximately one house in less than three hours. Subdivisions and communities could be rebuilt within a week. Costs range from $8,500 for the most basic single-family dwelling, to $17,000 for upgraded customized models.
 The dwellings are constructed of a specially patented, rolled steel skin, requiring little or no air conditioning, even in tropical temperatures. All that's needed is natural ventilation.
 In cold weather, the insulation of recycled newspaper yields warmth equivalent to 20 times that of mortar bricks. Flexibility in the design allows for passive and active solar panels, and, depending on location, provides for up to 200 days of self-sufficient energy. The 450-square-foot structures are non-combustible, predominantly fire-resistant and are manufactured with tensile strength which resist earthquakes and hurricanes whose forces normally tear a building apart.
 Environment impact is minimal. Very little wood or other scarce resources are used and almost no waste is generated in the construction process.
 Intrusion is important. "We can go into an area and build facilities without obtrusively disturbing the fauna and flora," said Charles.
 The company's domestic market will concentrate on building satellite classrooms for school campuses, dormitories and adequate housing facilities for overcrowded prisons. Military outposts can be erected within an hour, torn down and quickly relocated.
 Joint venture partnerships are being considered with venture capital firms, building developers, insurance and finance companies and product suppliers. Manufacturing of the Eco-Tube House will begin once Charles All-Ways obtains contracts to launch the foreign markets and expand and develop its domestic home base.
 Contact Anson Charles at Charles All-Ways Inc., 805-526-7291.
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 /CONTACT: Donna Luck of Chasen & Luck, 213-466-3297, for Charles All-Ways/


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