Laval firm set to disrupt California housing industry
June 15, 2016, The Suburban
Laval-based BONE Structure launched its first U.S. office this month.
The Canadian designer and builder of luxury custom homes using a patented light steel frame building technology has set up shop in San Francisco, its tested and proven building system is a scalable solution to meet California’s 2020 Net Zero Energy (ZNE) new home building requirements.
Founded in 2005 by Marc A. Bovet, BONE Structure has patented, in 42 countries, a technology that combines aesthetics, flexibility, efficiency, and respect for the environment. “We have been building houses the same way for 400 years,” says Bovet. “The cost keeps going up and the quality down…A BONE Structure custom home is one that is healthy, energy efficient, and built to last generations.” California was an obvious choice for the US expansion, says VP Charles Bovet who will lead the company’s expansion.
“It is the home of innovation and the birthplace of world-changing smart technologies. Similarly, BONE Structure is world changing smart technology for the building industry,” he said. “We refuse to conform to the old adage: We’ve always done it this way.”
The company started its first California home in Stanford, for clean energy and climate scientist Prof. Mark Jacobson, the man behind the Solutions Project — 100 percent renewable energy by 2050.
Architects have greater flexibility with the BONE Structure system, due to the strength of its steel parts: homes can have very large, open spaces and double-height ceilings allowing for natural light throughout and future reconfiguration as needed. The shell produces almost zero waste, is made of 89 percent recycled steel, is seismically resilient and safe from damage by termites and mold. Each tailor-made home is designed for assembly using a battery powered drill and one type of screw, allowing a significant reduction in labour costs.
The company expects to build 50 homes in California this year and has manufacturing resources across Canada with the ability to produce 1,000 residences per year.
Written by Joel Ceausu
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