“Homeowners immediately started building with wood again. It just doesn’t make any sense,” Inglese says. Unlike many wood homes, the GFRP house in Naples features a Class A 30-minute fire rating, thanks to an intumescent fire coating.

“We want contractors and designers to understand there’s better ways to build and to be open to new technologies,” says Inglese.

Megan Headley is a freelance writer in Fredericksburg, Va. She can be reached at megan@clearstorypublications.com.

Constructions workers erect prefabricated GFRP trusses.

Photo Credit: Northstar Technologies Group

Construction workers place a cladding panel into position.

Photo Credit: Northstar Technologies Group