Two conflicting phenomena are upon us when it comes to building safety. The first is that the menu of products that are used to build and furnish our houses are increasingly becoming incinerators for deadly blazes. The second is the reaction to this that is requiring sprinklers in every inhabited structure, including single-family homes and apartments. The two, of course, are at odds and result in enormous cost implications and a diversion from the real issue. If we use natural materials that are locally-sourced to build our buildings and furniture, we will not only build in a more cost-effective manner but in a safer one as well.