Saturday, April 2, 2011

CANADIAN BASED BRITCO READY TO HELP JAPAN'S HOMELESS

Britco, the Langley, BC-based manufacturer of modular homes says it can help with the reconstruction of tsunami-ravaged northeastern Japan.

It has previous experience in disaster relief housing, having built hundreds of replacement homes for victims of the 2004 Boxing Day tsunami that rolled through Indonesia, killing thousands and leaving hundreds of thousands without homes.

Britco executive vice-president Chris Gardner says in 10 months, the company was able to design, fabricate and ship 500 wood-framed homes to three villages in Indonesia where they were quickly assembled by local people trained in B.C.

The earthquake-resistant four-room 600-square-foot houses were designed for local conditions, with wood treated to resist termites, stilts that elevated them a metre above ground and extra-large decks.
The Indonesian houses were built in collaboration with Save the Children USA.

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