Consumers who are thinking about building a new home or remodeling an existing one can get a first-hand glimpse of the latest technologies for making their life easier and their homes greener – and do so while giving back to veterans and their families. This year the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Cleveland is donating tickets sales for its annual Smart HomeTour toward the construction of a Fisher House, a“Ronald McDonald House” property to be built adjacent to the grounds of the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland, said HBA ExecutiveDirector Brenda Callaghan. When complete, family members of hospital patients will be able to relax comfortably and free of charge in one of the 16,500-square-foot home’s 18 suites.
HBA hopes to help Fisher House organizers close the gap on raising $3 million before groundbreaking on Veterans Day. Approximately $2.8 million has been raised to date. “We are asking consumers to come out and help us support the Fisher House while they take part in the educational tour,”Callaghan said.
The nine new homes on the 2015 HBA Smart HomeTour encompass a variety of features that fall into three categories–green building, energy efficiency and home technology, according to tour chairperson Ryan Puzzitiello of Parkview Homes. One prominent feature this year is home energy ratings, or HERS. Like golf, a lower HERS rating is better, Puzzitiello said. The homes on the tour range from scores in the low30s to 60. Most new construction homes average a 100 score on HERS, he added, with existing homes coming in even higher, at about 130.
The tour also includes a model home under construction at the Lakes of Orange, anOrange Village development poised to become Northeast Ohio’s first Certified Green Community. Puzzitello said other stops will highlight whole-home technology products that allow homeowners to lower the thermostat and/or lock the front door from any wired device, as well as a host of energy efficiency products, such as low-flow faucets, tankless water heaters and Energy-Star appliances.
NAME: 2015 HBA Smart Home Tour
DATES: Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 6 p.m.,
October 10 & 11 and October 17 & 18
TICKETS: $10, available at Marc’s, First Federal Lakewood and Third Federal Savings; Register ticket online at www.hbacleveland.com to donate the ticket price to Greater Cleveland Fisher House
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