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The first Bone Structure property is opening in Orange County this week. Bone Structure is a net-zero ready steel prefab system assembled onsite. As a result, it is a more environmental and low-cost construction style and, because it is steel, longer lasting than wood structures. The property, designed by Anders Lasater Architects and built by J. Kramer Corp., is a duplex located on North Coast Highway.

The North Coast Highway project was an ideal project for the Bone Structure system. It was difficult to access and had regulations that impeded construction, like rules against dumpsters. “The property was an odd lot shape, and it is a very challenging lot in terms of staging,” Marc A. Bovet, CEO of Bone Structure, tells GlobeSt.com. “You can’t bring in cranes, and you can’t have trucks sitting there for deliveries. This is one of the tremendous benefits of the Bone Structure system. It is an erector set with small parts that can be delivered easily. The structure offered the clients the ability to design a property that would take advantage of the lot while at the same time making to build within the constraints of the job site.”

The system is innovative, particularly in an industry looking for solutions to challenging construction sites, increasing construction costs and a lack of construction labor. Like prefab construction, Bone Structure is manufactured offsite, but it is assembled in small pieces on site. It is also zero waste and uses 89% recycled steel. “The way that we have been building homes in not sustainable. Our system is designed for seismic zones, snow fall, everything,” says Bovet. “You can shake it; you can bake it; you can do anything to it. It is meant to be there for hundreds of years. Wood is not the right material to go into a wall. It is a great material for floors or furniture, but it is not a good material for building. It will create mold, termites, and it will affect the health of your family.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on GlobeSt.com and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.

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