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Plant Prefab Installs Custom Kenwood Home for Victims of North Bay Wildfires

Customized by Plant Design Studio and Prefabricated Offsite, Aiding Fire Recovery Efforts

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RIALTO, California – May 24, 2021: Starting May 18, Plant Prefab, the nation’s first Certified B Corporation™ custom prefabricated design and construction company, installed a new prefabricated home in Kenwood, CA. The home is a classic Breezehouse design from Blu Homes, which was then customized by the Plant Design Studio to suit the client’s needs and the local environment. Like many of Plant Prefab’s projects in the region, the home replaces one lost in the North Bay Wildfires of 2017, and is another prime example of how Plant Prefab’s building methodology makes it possible to build custom, high-quality homes faster and more cost-effectively than traditional, site-based construction.

“Our in-house design studio allows us to work with clients on custom designs that meet their lifestyle and zoning requirements. This is particularly important for victims of California’s wildfires, who have to rebuild their homes in general conformance to their previous homes’ footprint in order to qualify for expedited permitting. Our knowledge of fire-resilient materials and methods is a huge advantage for those who want to rebuild sustainably and cost effectively,” states Plant Prefab Founder and CEO Steve Glenn. “We are honored to be part of a major effort in California to help fire victims to get back to their communities and their homes, with excellent design and quality construction.”

The destructive North Bay Wildfires of October 2017 destroyed more than 5,000 structures across Northern California. California-based Plant Prefab has completed several fire rebuilds in the area to date, with more than a dozen more in development for victims of other wildfires throughout the state.

A classic Breezehouse design at its core, with significant customization from the Plant Design Studio, the three bedroom, three bathroom home spans 2,100 square feet of indoor space, complemented by 3,105 square feet of ample decking and outdoor space, designed to bring the outdoors in and take advantage of the surrounding views. The design modifications, including incorporating a pitched roof, helps the home blend with the fabric of the neighborhood and an existing farmhouse-style garage on the property; Plant wanted to ensure that the otherwise modern structure would fit the agrarian vernacular of the region.

As with all Plant Prefab homes, the project utilized Plant’s patented Plant Building System™, and was produced as two Plant Modules™—one for each wing of the house—and 22 Plant Panels™, which create the central, open-plan living area. This custom approach to prefabrication accommodated the client’s needs and specifications, while also allowing the home to be constructed far more responsibly and cost-effectively than on-site methods.

Fire resilience was a core focus of the home's design, materials choices, and construction, and all prefabricated components were custom constructed to comply with local building code, climate conditions, and Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) zoning requirements. Non-combustible materials were used for sheathing and siding, and even the landscaping was conceived to be fire resistant. 

“Working with Plant Prefab allowed my client to get the highest quality product accompanied by excellent customer service—a rare combination in the prefab construction industry, where we specialize,” says Kenton Rogers, General Manager of Jigsaw Construction and the general contractor for the project. “In particular, I was impressed that Plant was able to offer such excellent design services while also ensuring precision factory quality. They delivered from all sides.”

Every Plant Prefab home is built in the company’s 62,000-square-foot facility to exacting quality standards, following a rigorous sustainability program that minimizes the negative impact on energy, water, indoor air quality, and material resources.

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ABOUT PLANT PREFAB
With a mission to build a better world by design, Plant Prefab makes it faster and more efficient to build custom, high-quality, healthy, single-family and multi-family homes. Plant Prefab is the first Certified B Corporation™ custom prefabricated design and construction company dedicated to sustainable building, materials, processes, and operations.

All Plant Prefab’s projects are prefabricated in the company's 62,000-square-foot homebuilding factory in Rialto, CA utilizing the Plant Building System™. Combining advanced engineering with Plant Panels™ and Plant Modules™, specialized components designed and patented by Plant, the Plant Building System provides greater design flexibility, quality control, and time and cost efficiencies than both site-based construction and conventional prefabricated approaches while minimizing the negative impact on energy, water, and resources. Clients can work with any architect they choose, including Plant Prefab's award-winning, in-house design studio.

Plant Prefab is defining a new standard in residential home design and construction, helping individuals, architects, and developers efficiently design and build high-quality, cost-efficient, healthy homes. Plant Prefab was funded by Amazon, Obvious Ventures, and others.

In 2019, Plant Prefab committed to full carbon neutrality in their operations by 2028, the first prefabricated home builder to announce a net zero goal.

Plant Prefab homes have garnered significant industry recognition including the AIA’s top sustainable award, Architizer’s Jury and People's Choice Awards, Green Builder Magazine’s Home of Year, Business 2.0’s ‘World’s 11 Coolest Products,’ and Businessweek’s “Architectural Wonders of the World.” Nearly thirty Plant Prefab homes have been certified LEED for Homes Platinum, including the first home ever to achieve the certification.