A CHANGING PLANET
REQUIRES A CHANGE IN THINKING ABOUT BUILDING MATERIALS
Whether we want to admit it or not, the planet is changing. We have all seen the terrible news with earthquakes, hurricanes, tsunamis and tornadoes... the question becomes when will it end? We are seeing earthquakes and tornadoes in parts of the world that haven't had these types of events in recorded history. Tropical storms and hurricanes have increased dramatically in the last 20 years - leaving billions of dollars of damage in their wake. Most scientists say its because the oceans of the world are on a warming trend, while this increase in temperature wreaks havoc with our weather systems, meanwhile it's creating a healthy environment for mold and critters like termites to grow and thrive - making lumber more vulnerable than ever.
At Eco, we've witnessed these problems first-hand in projects around the world. This is why we feel our line of protected lumber products and seismic wall systems are more important than ever. Until recently with Superstorm Sandy, Katrina was the big eye-opener for a lot of people. Post Katrina most of the flooded homes had to be completely rebuilt due to mold and wood-rot infestation, and we're beginning to see the same trends as a result of Superstorm Sandy. Building with protected lumber can mean the difference between simply replacing the drywall and interior - or rebuilding the entire structure.
The earthquake that rocked Haiti was another unfortunate example; one that took so many lives and literally crumbled a nation and a capital that was largely built with unreinforced concrete and poor engineering. These tragic events break our hearts - but they also open our eyes. It's time to build smart, sustainable homes in these nations and stop using antiquated building practices that are costing people their lives and crippling a developing country's infrastructure.
ECO HOME™ SAFER, SMARTER, FASTER
At Eco Building Products, our buisness really came about with the idea of 'protecting' building products from the natural enemies that all homes and/or structures face. We've taken that same idea and applied it to Eco Home, our cost-effective housing solution, also protected and built to withstand seismic activity, high-wind activity, and flooding. Not to mention, the lumber is protected against mold, wood rot, termites and fire; a winning combination designed to meet global housing needs.
TERMITE PROBLEM PREDICTED TO GET WORSE
Termites are a destructive urban pest, but new studies suggest the problem will get even worse with the expanding population density of our cities. Last year in California alone, termites consumed a billion board feet of lumber - that’s enough lumber to build a wall 1' wide x 17 ' high wall starting from the Oregon border all the way to the Mexican border.
NO CODE FOR THIS BLACK MOLD?
This lumber has been acceptable to contractors and even building officials for years because the removal of it has never been written into any code. At Eco Building Products we are establishing a new industry standard for building with lumber and our recent GREENGUARD certification proves it.
HOT NEWS ON TERMITES
ECO'S VISION FOR BUILDING IN EMERGING NATIONS
CEO Steve Conboy on location in Jamaica. It's out-dated and unsustainable building practices like these that bring Eco to places like the Caribbean, Africa, and Indonesia. Lumber is safer, more cost-effective and is flexible - whereas concrete cracks or crumbles with seismic movement. Many of these structures are being built with unreinforced brick and mortar - incapable of handling seismic activity.