If you’ve been following green homes here at EarthTechling, chances are, you’ve seen a few posts about Blu Homes, a company offering green prefabricated homes, or “greenfabs,” at price-points aimed at bringing green into the mainstream. The company has enjoyed enough success with this business concept, it would appear, that it’s now expanding, and a has announced plans to establish a manufacturing base on the West Coast.
This new 250,000 sq ft manufacturing facility is slated for the historic naval base on Mare Island in Vallejo, California. This is Blu’s second such facility, the first of which is located in Massachusetts. These manufacturing plants produce key components for the company, including its proprietary steel frames, which allow Blu Homes to handle the demands of different climates — the high snow loads of the Rockies, for example, or the seismic activity on the San Andreas Fault — while remaining fire and termite resistant.
Originally, Blu was planning to locate this plant in Nevada, but a discussion with Tom Steyer, Co-Chairman of Californians for Clean Energy and Jobs, and Founder of Farallon Capital Management, changed their minds. “Blu Homes’ focus on innovation and environmental responsibility makes the Bay Area the perfect choice for their manufacturing facility,” said Steyer, in a statement. He goes on to note that if Blu’s production facility expands as planned, it will create hundreds of green industrial jobs for California over the next few years.
California’s Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom echoed the sentiment, saying that Blu’s homes align well with California’s ‘net zero homes’ goals, and State Senator Lois Wolk, representing California’s 5th Senate District, was quoted as saying the factory is “a big step forward in the re-industrialization of the Bay Area.”
The factory is scheduled to begin production by the end of the year.