Pilot Culminates in the First LEED-Certified House in Chester County Pennsylvania built by TMG Homes, Inc.

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TMG Homes Inc. is hosting an open house for the first LEED certified home to be built in Chester County Pennsylvania. A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources. It also creates less waste and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Benefits of a green home include lower energy and water bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.

The environment is important, but we also want people to realize that green homes are healthier to live in, as well. And LEED-certified homes represent the absolute highest standard of healthier, more sustainable living.

TMG Homes, Inc., will host an open house on Sunday, April 6, for the first LEED-certified house built in Chester County. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building program run by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). In 2005, LEED began piloting a program for residential homes involving about 400 builders across the U.S. TMG Homes is the only builder in Chester County that participated in the pilot and now, with construction completed, is ready to open the house to the public.

"We're very excited to show this house off to the local community," says Chadd Martin, Vice President of TMG Homes. "Interest in green home building is gaining momentum, but there are still a lot of folks who are unsure about the process and the benefits. This house will serve as a model for what a green house looks like and how it works."

A green home uses less energy, water and natural resources. It also creates less waste and is healthier and more comfortable for the occupants. Benefits of a green home include lower energy and water bills, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and less exposure to mold, mildew and other indoor toxins.

According to Martin, it is this latter concept that he and partner Torrey Marks will try to impress upon visitors to the open house. "Most people think about the health of the environment when they think about going green," Martin says. "The environment is important, but we also want people to realize that green homes are healthier to live in, as well. And LEED-certified homes represent the absolute highest standard of healthier, more sustainable living."

LEED is a nationally recognized, third-party certification system that's based on measurable results. As such, LEED recognizes the highest quality in green homebuilding. LEED-certified homes are energy efficient, use non-toxic building materials, are water-smart, and respect the environment in which they're constructed. Best of all, these benefits don't come with a hefty price tag -- the net cost of owning a green home is comparable to that of owning a conventional home.

The first LEED-certified house in Chester County is located at 1560 Knob Hill Rd in Chester Springs, PA. Visitors can tour the house and talk with both Martin and Marks on April 6, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

For additional information about the open house or TMG Homes, contact Chadd Martin at (484) 645-7104. You can also find TMG Homes on the Web at http://www.tmggreenhomes.com

About TMG Homes, Inc.
TMG Homes is one of the area's premier green builders and the first to build a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)-certified house. Our mission is to build homes to a higher standard using green building methods and materials that encourage healthier living, are energy efficient and minimize the impact on the environment. We belong to the United States Green Building Council, a nonprofit organization working to advance structures that are healthy, profitable and environmentally responsible places to live and work. We also participate in the ENERGY STAR program to build ENERGY STAR-qualified homes that save homeowners 30 percent on their energy bills every year.

TMG Homes was founded in 2005 and builds homes throughout Chester, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. The company is one of the top 20 builders in this region, according to the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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