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Brad Pitt‘s Hurricane Katrina charity Make It Right New Orleans is under fire after more than two dozen homes that the organization built in the devastated Ninth Ward were discovered to be rotting from the inside out! “The wood turned gray and it was also black,” Make It Right home-owner Nola Verrett tells RadarOnline.com exclusively. “Also some parts it was buckling and it had mushrooms growing out of it. Different neighborhoods saw it too.”
Reps for Make It Right have laid the blame on the lumber, from wood company TimberSIL. A unique non-burning glass-and-wood blend, it had been guaranteed for 40 years, but now will be replaced at a cost of $150,000 to Make It Right.
“It was unable to withstand moisture, which is obviously a big problem in New Orleans,” Make It Right rep Taylor Royle told the New Orleans Advocate. Pitt’s charity is now reportedly considering legal action against the company. (TimberSIL and Make It Right did not respond to Radar’s requests for comment on the situation.)
While wildfires are a fact of life here in California, not everyone lives in a high fire zone. Instead it’s the wood rotting and insect damage that destroy the majority of wooden structures. To prevent rotting in lumber designed for outdoor use, pressure treated wood uses pesticides, heavy metals and other know carcinogenic substances to kill off insects and fungus. The chemicals used can leach out into the ground and off gas into our breathing air and in the end the wood still rots. TimberSIL® is NOT “treated wood”. TimberSIL is the first product ever to be deemed by the EPA a Non-Toxic Barrier Product, meaning TimberSIL stops insects and rot with only the use of a physical barrier.
It will cost $150k to replace the wood, though the company guaranteed the 'unique non-burning glass-and-wood blend' it sold for 40 years.
just wanted to ask why in the U.S so many houses are made mostly of wood?
There are so many weather and insect hazards in so many states in the U.S, yet so many live in wooden structures and trailers?
Here in the U.K wood is hardly every used as the main structural component in house building. Yet here we have less severe weather and a miniscule amount of wood pests in comparison.
Is there other building material available? Using breeze block, concrete, brick, stone (with very deep foundations) would make buildings so much more resilient to moisture, flood, wind and pest damage.
Are these wooden dwellings built of wood for financial motives (on the cheap)?