Rotting Wood Prompts Rebuild of Brad Pitt's Charity NOLA Homes

Posted by Michaelle Bradford | Posted: 12/30/2013 2:45PM


click image to zoomMake It Right FoundationKevin ScottHome built by Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans Lower 9th Ward. NEW ORLEANS - TimberSIL, a glass-infused wood used in exterior steps and decking in New Orleans homes built by actor Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation, is being replaced with yellow pine due to rotting. Make It Right rebuilds and replaces homes destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

According to published reports, TimberSIL had been used by the Foundation from 2008 to 2010, when it was discontinued due to performance. Although, according to its promotional material, the product is guaranteed for 40 years, signs of the wood decay were already beginning to occur, the Foundation spokesperson Taylor Royle told a local paper.

"It was unable to withstand moisture, which obviously is a big problem in New Orleans," Royle told the New Orleans Advocate.

It will cost the foundation approximately $150,000 to replace the TimberSIL product. Royle told the newspaper that the Foundation had been in touch with the manufacturer about the defects and that it intended "to seek to recoup our costs" and would consider "all legal remedies if necessary."

 More about TimberSIL: 
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The company says TimberSIL carries a 40 year warranty. It is produced by surrounding fibers that comprise wood with layers of amorphous glass that are only a few molecules thick, using a sodium-silicate-based process with micro-manufacturing technology to create a barrier to rot, decay and common wood problems. The patented process uses heat to change a proprietary formula from a soluble solution that is infused into the wood and turn it into a microscopic layer of amorphous glass throughout the wood. Afterward, the wood is non-toxic, odorless and nonvolatile, is not corrosive to fasteners, does not cause excessive wear on tools, and has a natural clear color. 

Eco Building Products (OTCBB: ECOB) Eco Blue Shield treated wood products were also use in construction for the homes in Pitt's Make It Right Foundation.


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Michaelle Bradford

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Michaelle Bradford is Managing Editor of Woodworking Network magazine and Custom Built Interiors Weekly eNewsletter. She can be reached at or Google+.

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Leo Kogan    
Chattanooga, TN  |  January, 07, 2014 at 05:53 PM

Thank you for your informative article. It is not a secret that the quality of the wood supplied for construction is plummeting – it grows too fast and harvested too early – as a result in October of the 2012 Design strength values of Yellow Pine lumber were downgraded by on average 30%. The new chemical treatments do not address the structural value but even the rot resistance is weak and structures are not safe(new chemicals are also 3 to 5 times more corrosive to fasteners). We supply a highly sustainable and naturally durable wood for demanding outdoor applications, called Siberian Larch the Siberian Larch grows very slow for about 300-400 years, it is naturally durable wood of the vastly superior quality and supply, it does not need any treatments and is as “green” as you can conceive. One in every five trees on the Planet is Siberian Larch so it has the best environment preserving rating –“least concern”. I am sure that you are aware of the substantial costs involved in introducing even the most useful product to the new market so any help sharing this news with your audience will be greatly appreciated. As you can see it is also a beautiful wood. Stein Wood products


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