Press release

Sonoma Family Replaces Home Lost to Fire with BONE Structure Net Zero Energy Home

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On the morning of October 10, 2017, Howard Booster hiked over a Santa
Rosa ridge 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.

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New Net Zero Home rendering (Photo: Business Wire)

New Net Zero Home rendering (Photo: Business Wire)

A fast-moving wildfire sparked by a downed PG&E power line swept through
in the middle of the night on October 9. The fire, spread by
95-mile-an-hour winds, was so hot homes in its path were completely
gone, literally in minutes. Sonoma County alone lost 5,100 homes to this
October wildfire, part of a firestorm of multiple fires that ravaged
wine country and burned with unparalleled ferocity across Northern

In a place that has been devastated by a combination of mismanaged lands
and unprecedented conditions undeniably fueled by climate change, it
seems fitting the Booster’s will be able to create a zero-energy home
here that will be fully-solar powered and can be a model for anyone
wanting to move away from fossil fuel. California’s 2020 building code
will require all new homes to be net zero energy—producing as much as
energy as they consume.

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. BONE
Structure shells reduce heating and cooling energy needs by 90% compared
to the average new home in North America, which means they require fewer
solar panels than a home that isn’t as energy efficient.

Open House Event

On May 10th, 11th and 12th, BONE
Structure, in collaboration with Kelly & Morgan Architect and Mikara
Construction, will host an Open House event for the public. Visitors
will have an opportunity to walk through a BONE Structure home under
construction and learn more about the Booster family’s story of
perseverance, determination and new beginnings.

In line with this event, Friday May 10th
only, there will be 4 panels that will cover topics such as
the California building code – Net Zero energy and title 24 compliance,
building within the wildfire urban interface and the new advances in
thermal envelope technology.

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BONE Structure Technology

All BONE Structure homes are designed and assembled using a patented
steel construction technology inspired by the aerospace industry. Energy
efficient, the BONE Structure homes have a soya based polyurethane
thermal envelope that provides ultimate comfort to its occupants. They
could save you up to 90% on energy costs for heating and cooling. No
mold, no moisture and no premature deterioration of materials, the homes
are beautiful, solid and contemporary, offering open-concept living
spaces without load bearing walls and large windows that let in natural
light. Built on BONE Structure’s incomparable thermal envelope, all
homes are Net Zero Ready. For more information about Net-Zero, visit the
BONE Structure website here.

About BONE Structure

Founded in 2005 by President Marc A. Bovet in Laval, Quebec, Canada, out
of a frustrating personal construction experience, BONE
has patented, in 42 countries, a technology that combines
aesthetics, flexibility, efficiency, and respect for the environment. It
specializes in the design, development and commercialization of
technologies for residential and light commercial construction. BONE
Structure employs more than sixty professionals in Laval and San
Francisco, architects, technologists, engineers, and urban planners and
has integrated expertise to provide an unmatched one-stop-shop client
experience. The company also collaborates with architectural firms and
other outside professionals across Canada and California. BONE Structure
is attracting the industry’s best general and specialized contractors,
project managers, and developers who also share the company’s corporate
values of Respect, Transparency, Loyalty, Security and Fun. BONE
Structure is a member of the NAHB in the U.S. and other builder
associations across Canada. It has also received a number of awards
throughout the years for innovation, architecture, sustainability and
process. For more information, please visit: