Modular builder HybridCore Homes says it offers the benefits of both factory and on-site construction for homeowners rebuilding after the Northern California wildfires.
HybridCore is one of several modular builders marketing new products and building techniques toward California's wildfire survivors. BamCore, based in Windsor, Calif., manufactures load-bearing wall panels made of crushed bamboo, saying that this method is more environmentally friendly, and less prone to mold than are standard panels, The Press Democrat reports. Bamcore expects to bring the material to the burned areas in 2018.
Clad in a white hard hat, Art Ramirez strode across his cleared dirt lot to peer inside his nearly finished kitchen, with its white cabinets, quartz countertop and stainless steel refrigerator already in place. The room belongs to one of two 50-foot-long sections of his factory-built house, each part of which was lowered by crane last week onto a concrete foundation on Ramirez’s property in Coffey Park.