Ray, Merritt and Howard on the site where their new home is being built.

Ray, Merritt and Howard

On October 9, 2017, a fast-moving wildfire sparked by a downed PG&E power line swept through Sonoma in the middle of the night. On the morning of October 10, Howard Booster hiked over a ridge in Santa Rosa to the place where his multi-generational family home of 35 years once stood. He found nothing left. It was not even smoldering. It was just gone.

The home survived the wildfire itself but the embers had blown up into the soffit vents. Two or three hours later, it burned from the inside out. After much thought, Howard and Merritt Booster have decided to rebuild. Their new place, a collaboration between husband and wife architects Brendan Kelly and Kerry Morgan and Canadian custom home builder BONE Structure, is well under way. The new home will be a super-energy-efficient, 100% solar, net zero energy home thanks to the collaboration with BONE Structure, which makes a net-zero-energy ready framing system to fit the design.

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The new home will be an energy-efficient, 100% solar, net zero energy home thanks to BONE Structure. Architects Brendan Kelly and Kerry Morgan have designed the new home to accommodate a 360-degree view. The land is beautifully rolling and each day the sun rises in a gap in the ridge to the east. The rise the home is situated on is in the middle of a small valley that slopes away into high ridges once covered in grapevines and surrounded by trees.

The BONE Structure advantage

The BONE Structure construction system is the best integrator to build Net Zero Energy homes, and offers superior seismic and fire resistance. Our patented steel construction system is leading the transition to sustainable construction, with homes designed and built using an integrated process inspired by the aerospace industry.


With an integrated deign process that can significantly speed up the design of your new home, and a fast-track permit approval, BONE Structure sets the pace high when it comes to speed and efficiency. On the work site, the assembly speed of our system is remarkable, significantly reducing the framing time for your new home and simplifying the installation of mechanical systems, electricity and plumbing.


BONE Structure zeroes in on high-performance: from increased airtightness and insulation for unparalleled comfort to an integrated thermal envelope designed for durability and strength, we provide a framing system that is designed to reduce your energy bills to a minimum. This is achieved using local builders and trades, to ensure the best quality and experience for our clients.

Fire Resistance

BONE Structure homes are built with a patented steel structure system, and insulated with a combination of rigid and spray foam insulation. Several design features of BONE Structure homes provide fire resistance advantages, and can help reduce the risk of fire.


Steel, the main structural component in BONE Structure homes, is a non-combustible material. It therefore does not burn, nor does it provide an ignition source or add fuel load that would enable a fire to spread or grow.


BONE Structure Homes are designed with unventilated attics. The shell is closed all the way to the top layer, with no access to the roof structure from the outside. This reduces the risk of fire propagating via flying embers, a very common occurrence in wildfires.


BONE Structure Homes can be equipped with high performance triple pane windows which resist heat and prevent fire propagation much more efficiently than single or double pane windows.


Closed Cell Spray Foam is used in the walls and roof of a BONE Structure Home. Contrary to popular belief, Spray Foam does not melt but instead creates a char layer protecting from further fire propagation.

Rebuild With Your Local Team

With an office in San Francisco, BONE Structure is an established technology provider working in partnership with local builders, architects and trades. BONE Structure homes can easily reach Net Zero energy efficiency, and provide long lasting benefits such as superior resistance to earthquakes, mold and termites.


Building permits, seismic load analysis, local regulations and best-practices: the BONE Structure team has the expertise to manage and advance your project with speed.


Your architect and builder can easily design and build with BONE Structure, so you can entrust your home to your local team, and maintain full control over all aspects of the building process.


Our local architects, engineers and builders are ready to take charge of the project and see it built from A to Z, should you wish to rely on our team for a turnkey home.