"As a company, we are involved in humanitarian projects around the world," explains president and CEO Steve Conboy. "We've built for prisoners no one cares about...in a village in Haiti...in Tanzania in schools that educate girls...Ghana...Our goal is to be a for-profit in social accountability around the world. But you have to make profit to be able to give back."
Make it Right, then, was a perfect fit for Eco Building Products. The company has donated the equivalent of a couple of houses in lumber, as well as supplied all the lumber for the project at a discounted price.
When Make It Right's project coordinator, Cesar Rodriguez, approached Conboy for assistance, he responded by offering the company's Bluwood product, which is a line of structural framing components treated with a two-part system designed to safeguard homes against the elements.
The product is environmentally friendly (it emits virtually zero VOCs) and resists moisture, mold, wood rot and wood ingesting insects - including Formosan termites.
Non-treated lumber tends to come from new growth forests - making it more vulnerable to water, mold, fire and insects. This is because juvenile lumber is more porous, essentially acting like a sponge, absorbing moisture and subsequently producing mold and/or wood rot - which in turn attracts termites. For more information on Eco Building Products' line of structural framing components, visit www. ecob.net.
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