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Quebec, Canada-based BONE Structure says it has developed a new building system that constructs stronger, more energy-efficient homes than the industry currently builds.

“We have been building houses the same way for 400 years,” says Marc A. Bovet, founder and president of the company. “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.”

BONE Structure homes are made primarily from laser-cut-steel components with pre-planned, ready-made “highways” to accommodate plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. Precut insulation panels clip into place between the steel columns and soya-based foam insulation is sprayed on the exterior to seal the building and act as a vapor barrier.

Together, the steel structure, insulation panels, spray insulation, and the roof create a tight, energy-efficient envelope. The company explains that the home’s shell produces near zero waste, is made of 89 percent recycled steel, and is 100 percent recyclable, seismically resilient, and safe from damage by termites and mold.

“Each custom, tailor-made home is designed for assembly using a battery-powered drill and one type of self-tapping screw, thereby allowing a significant reduction in labor hours,” the company says.

BONE Structure recently opened its U.S.-based office in San Francisco, and it expects to build 50 new homes in California in 2016.

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