Some of the homes built by actor Brad Pitt’s Make it Right foundation, a non-profit responsible for constructing 100 homes in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina, are beginning to rot despite being only a few years old. The glass-infused wood product used to construct parts of the homes has begun showing signs of decay, which some home owners claim is causing their houses to rot “from the inside out.” Make it Right has been quick to, um, make things right by working with home owners to replace the suspect wood.
Although the actual extent of the damage is unclear – some home owners claim that the entire structure is rotting, while the foundation claims that the wood was only used on exterior stairs and porches – it is evident that the wood product is unable to withstand New Orlean’s sub-tropical climate. The product, known as TimberSIL, was used to construct the buildings because it is chemical-free. This means that the product can be mulched and composted once it is no longer in use.
The foundation is known for its experimental nature that supports innovative solar-powered homes, rainwater collectors and groundbreaking architecture, so of course not every new product is going to be perfect.
Pitt issued a statement saying that, “Make It Right is ambitious and tries new things all the time in order to make our homes better. Where we find innovative products that didn’t perform, we move quickly to correct these things for our homeowners.”
Although not every home has shown signs of decay, the foundation intends to replace the wood in all of the Katrina homes they built, whether rot is evident or not. The foundation also says that it is exploring its legal options with the product’s manufacturer.