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Local company wants to build green, low-cost, typhoon-proof houses

EXECUTIVES of a local company met with Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang to discuss the construction of green, low-cost, typhoon-proof and abuse-resistant houses on island.

Green Building Solution’s Mark Manibusan, JB Palacios and Anthony Taijeron want to cater to people who need to move into homes as quickly as possible.

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Saipan Mayor David M. Apatang, his special assistant Henry Hofschneider and acting dog control program manager Lee Mark Deleon Guerrero pose with Green Building Solution executives Mark Manibusan, JB Palacios and Anthony Taijeron.  Contributed photo

These houses, which can be built in three weeks, are 60 percent energy efficient, Manibusan said. “You can later add an extension and change the configuration.”

He said the materials are certified by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, and they intend to hire local manpower and use local materials as much as possible.

Manibusan said their parent company is GigaCrete which is based in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Manibusan noted that since Typhoon Yutu hit the island in Oct. 2018, some people are still living in tents because they cannot afford to build a new house and there’s also a lack of manpower on island.

“There’s a huge need for the housing,” he said, adding that “the mayor is very supportive of our business because he knows that housing remains a big concern. He wants to see people that have been living in tents for the last 10 months to finally have a house that they can call home.”

Manibusan said they are collaborating with the Federal Emergency Management Agency in pursuing their business plan, and will also meeting with the Saipan Chamber of Commerce and other community groups on island.

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