Ribbon cutting for fire-hardened homes in Greenville

A new, fire-hardened home in Greenville. Photo submitted

Sierra Institute for Community and Environment is pleased to announce the completion of three cross laminated timber homes as part of the effort to rebuild Greenville, California following the 2021 Dixie Fire.

The fire destroyed more than 1,300 structures. To recognize the contributions of partners and celebrate this milestone in the Indian Valley community, Sierra Institute is hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony and public open house from 1 to 3:30 p.m.  Saturday, Aug. 19. The event will take place immediately following the Dixie Fire Collaborative meeting held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at Greenville Elementary School.

In the wake of the 2021 Dixie Fire and its destruction of Greenville, Sierra Institute teamed up with Steve Marshall of Mass Timber Strategy and renowned Seattle-based architects, atelierjones, to develop a new way of building homes in the region using cross laminated timber. Local contractor, Lights Creek Construction, built the homes that address the entwined needs of wildfire disaster recovery: re-housing people and hardening homes and the community against wildfire.

A ribbon cutting ceremony and public open house will be held from 1 to 3:30 p.m.  Saturday, Aug. 19 in Greenville.

CLT is a mass timber product known for its fire hardiness and structural robustness — ideal for a region that faces both wildfire and seismic activity. Additionally, CLT can utilize smaller diameter trees, turning a low-value material into a high-value product that, in turn, promotes forest thinning for increased wildfire resilience.

The event will begin with a few short speeches from 1:30 to 2 p.m. at The Spot, a commercial district in downtown Greenville, followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at 105 Ayoob Alley. There is ample parking at The Spot and in the nearby Greenville High School parking lot. Visitors are invited to tour the CLT homes and enjoy food at The Spot.

For more information on the CLT house designs, visit https://sierrainstitute.us/mass-timber-housing/.

For more information on the ribbon cutting event, visit https://sierrainstitute.us/news-and-updates/ or call (530) 284-1022 with any questions.