This building material could have saved California houses from wildfires

Two major fires are still burning in California. Authorities now report that the Camp Fire in Northern California has destroyed more than 8,000 homes and burned 140,000 acres. Meanwhile, the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties has destroyed over 500 homes and scorched more than 98,000 acres.

A building material known as a 3D cementitious sandwich panel could have saved some of these homes.

Two major fires are still burning in California. Authorities now report that the Camp Fire in Northern California has destroyed more than 8,000 homes and burned 140,000 acres. Meanwhile, the Woolsey Fire in Los Angeles and Ventura counties has destroyed over 500 homes and scorched more than 98,000 acres.

A building material known as a 3D cementitious sandwich panel could have saved some of these homes.

Magdalena Petrova | CNBC
 

“A wood structure will combust almost immediately. And studies show that once a wood structure has 4 or 5 percent of the building on fire, it becomes a total loss because there’s no stopping the fire,” said Ken Calligar, CEO of RSG 3-D, the company that’s bringing the panel to the U.S. for mass production.

“There’s no place for a fire in a 3D panel building to start because you’ve got a concrete exterior and nothing is combustible within the materials.”

That’s why officials in Santa Rosa, California, chose RSG 3-D to rebuild a firewall destroyed by wildfires last year……READ MORE