Tony Ruiz, Founder
Joe David Lacy, Successor
Alternate Email: Joe@OffGrid.Homes
Tony Ruiz is a licensed contractor with nearly 50 years of experience and has worked as a building inspector, a contractor, a custom home designer and a "project engineer". He is a licensed building technology innovator and has obtained a number of patents for his building systems. Among these, he has two separate patents in advancing the technology of composite thinshell construction. The son of a plumbing contractor, he often spent his time as a young man drawing pictures which led to an interest in drafting and designing buildings as early as 13. By the age of 18, he had invented both the folding mobile home and the double-wide mobile home.
He invented and patented a precast 'bent L' concrete building system in 1981called the Three Hinged Arch, designing and building a prototype duplex that was featured in Automated Builder's July 1985 issue. Tony developed the use of SteelCon that uses deformed studs partially embedded in thin concrete, then developed the use of ThinCon, a precast wall with monolithic concrete studs poured face-up over spaced rigid foam insulation and other "lost form" methods. He then invented MetalCrete aka MetalStudCrete when a patent conflict developed over SteelCon. Tony advanced the technology in developing the SteelCrete patent. The SteelCrete patent was awarded in 2000, transferred to TMCP in 2004, and together with TMCP comprise products that are the leader with the very best technology in terms of cost, strength, thermal efficiency and green LEEDS design and building.
Tony recruited Paul Clark and Ray Tooth and founded Composite Building Systems Inc (CBSI), designing and building a 1,700 square foot custom home in Kona, Hawaii using the new building system. That led to the design and construction of a 24,000 square foot, two-story dormitory building for the Seventh Day Adventists Hawaiian Mission Academy in Honolulu at a savings of about 45% in cost. An apartment building in the Compton area of Los Angeles followed, then a number of commercial and industrial projects in the Victor Valley area north of Los Angeles and then a two-house site in Watts, CA for the City of Los Angeles' Department of Housing that once again proved the ease and strength of the new building system.
In October 2000, he aided the earthquake victims in Turkey by donating the technology for an estimated $80,000 of technology, joining a team of 30 relatively unskilled American volunteers who worked 12 to 14 hour days to build two 2,000 square foot school buildings in 13 days. Tony's ThinCon system was used to construct these first buildings. The team in Turkey then used SteelCrete, the latest technology, to build another school and a model house.