Home ownership is once again
becoming a reality for thousands of Americans.
The federal government has just announced a $7,500 Housing Tax Credit
for homebuyers, and one Harrisburg homebuilder is helping their cause by
implementing green building practices that save homeowners even more money.
Triple Crown Corporation has dubbed its environmental program "Living
Green." This set of environmentally-friendly initiatives reduces pollution
during the building process and saves energy after construction is
The Living Green program benefits homeowners by cutting the monthly
cost of owning a new home through reduced energy consumption.
"Our customers will always want to own a home because home is the most
important place in their world. We've made purchasing a new home a little
more affordable while also preserving the environment," says Mark X.
DiSanto, CEO at Triple Crown.
Energy-efficient steps reduce monthly bills and Triple Crown
Corporation's Energy Star Certification means their homes meet strict
energy-efficient guidelines set by the EPA and US Department of Energy.
Low emittance window glaze saves energy in both summer and winter, and
state-of-the-art HVAC and plumbing equipment reduce the waste present in
some old systems.
Aesthetic areas of the house feature eco-friendly products as well.
Carpet padding is made from recycled plastic and interior doors are
comprised of recycled wood products. Vinyl siding and asphalt shingles
feature 25% and 15% recycled products, respectively.
Crews establish detention and retention areas on the construction site
before work begins to prevent waterway pollution. Silt fences placed on
down slopes prevent erosion. All plant life along the banks of streams is
preserved, reducing the potential for runoff to disrupt stream ecosystem.
Each "Living Green" home implements sustainable wood products taken
from lumber mill waste, recycled sawdust, or byproducts from the new-wood
production process during construction. Eco-friendly wood comprises the
roof trusses, floors, oriented strand board, and MDF wood trim.