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Press Release: HBA’s Smart Home Tour to Benefit Cleveland’s NEW Fisher House

NEWS RELEASE:  Immediate

Date:  September 10, 2015

 

HBA’s Smart Home Tour to Benefit Cleveland’s NEW Fisher House

Cleveland, OH – The Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Cleveland is pleased to announce a partnership with Greater Cleveland Fisher House for their upcoming fall HBA Smart Home Tour.  The Smart Home Tour is an informational tour of nine newly constructed “Smart “ Homes which demonstrate energy and resource  efficiency, green building and design, and new home technology.

The Greater Cleveland Fisher House program is a unique private-public partnership that supports America’s military in their time of need. For members of the armed forces, retirees, veterans and their families, the Fisher House program offers shelter and support during medical crisis. Located on the grounds of every major military medical center, and many VA medical centers, Fisher House facilities provide a comforting “home away from home” while a loved one is receiving care in an unfamiliar environment.

Families of veterans being treated at the Cleveland VA, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals, Metro or any specialty hospital may stay free of charge. The goal is to raise $3 million and currently they are at $2.75 million for the 16,500 square foot home.  The home will have 18 suites to accommodate up to 42 family members and will be built adjacent to the grounds of the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center in Cleveland.

Executive Director Brenda Callaghan says, “Consumers can register their tickets online and in lieu of the $10 admittance fee for the Smart Home Tour make a donation online to the “Fisher House”.  

Visitors on the tour learn about the latest trends in Smart Building including geothermal features, tankless water heaters, solar design and much more.  This is in addition to green innovations such as tree conservation, infill projects, rain gardens, the use of recycled materials, advance framing techniques, and home technology– which is what makes them smartly constructed model homes.  

Callaghan adds, “Our builders have taken lifestyle choices into account while building these homes, and visitors will be able to learn about the many new products on the market and why using them makes for a better, healthier and more efficient home.”

The tour takes place Saturdays and Sundays, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. starting October 10th & 11th through October 17th & 18th . The theme, “Get Smart – Build Smart – Live Smart” encompasses more of what new home construction has become today – a building science.  Homes on the Tour are located in Medina, Willoughby Hills, Strongsville, LaGrange, Pepper Pike, Hudson, Waite Hill and Orange Village.

Visit HBAcleveland.com for additional information on the 2015 HBA Smart Home Tour including home photos, a tour map, and the participating builders and sponsors.

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The Home Builders Association (HBA) of Greater Cleveland is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, advancement and professionalism of the Building, Remodeling and Associated Industries. The Association is a 300+ member organization that represents all aspects of housing and serves as the voice of housing in northeast Ohio while protecting the Foundation of the American Dream of owning a home.  The HBA encourages consumers planning to build or remodel, to work with a member of their local Home Builders Association because they are professionals who are knowledgeable in the latest building technologies, building codes and housing trends.