U.S. EPA Officials Showcase Maryland's Brightwell Crossing Community as 'Best Practice' with New Homebuilding Energy Efficiency Standards

Brightwell Crossing, Kettler Forlines Homes' newest residential living community in Western Montgomery County, hosted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials on Tuesday, April 5 to discuss its Indoor airPLUS program.

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Poolesville, MD (PRWEB) April 18, 2011

Brightwell Crossing (http://www.brightwellcrossing.com), Kettler Forlines Homes' newest residential living community in Western Montgomery County, hosted U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) officials on Tuesday, April 5 to discuss its Indoor airPLUS program. EPA officials also filmed the construction process requirements as part of instructional and promotional videos to showcase how homebuilders can implement similar building practices and realize the benefits of homes becoming Indoor airPLUS certified.

"We have a strong commitment to energy efficiency and indoor air quality and are proud that Brightwell Crossing is among the first communities in the nation where all homes will have both the new EPA Indoor airPLUS label and will be 100% EPA Energy Star for Homes certified," said Thomas Kettler, President of Kettler Forlines Homes at Brightwell Crossing. "Today, the building codes and building industry standards have increased to provide a higher level of energy efficiency. At Kettler Forlines Homes, the standards have been set to an even higher level."

Interviews were conducted with Eric Werling, Indoor airPLUS National Program Coordinator, EPA; H.David Griffin, III, Senior Vice President and NAHB Certified Green Professional, Kettler Forlines Homes; Brian Hamilton, a representative from McCrea Heating and Air Conditioning; Thom Marston, Vice President, Energy Services Group; and a Brightwell Crossing homeowner as part of a video that the EPA will use as a demonstration to other homebuilders as well as for promotional purposes. Officials completed indoor air quality tests on newly built homes, as well as homes that are currently under construction. Kettler Forlines Homes, homeowners and other construction experts worked together to showcase the program. The tests included the Blower Door Test, Duct Blaster Test and more. All testing procedures are aimed at improving the building envelope and increasing energy efficiency as well as durability.

Brightwell Crossing is among one of the first communities in the U.S. in which all homes are EPA Indoor airPLUS certified. Indoor airPLUS includes a set of material and building process requirements, which along with the EPA Energy Star for Homes program, is designed to improve indoor air quality, moisture control and long term durability. The EPA has made it a top priority to educate other homebuilders across the nation on how to use this energy-efficient technology, featuring Brightwell Crossing as a best practice model.

With the model home located at 17919 Elgin Rd. in Poolesville, Brightwell Crossing lot sizes range from one-third to one acre and home prices start in the $500,000s. Seven new home designs are available to choose from, ranging from 2,450 to 4,200 square feet. Currently, one half of Brightwell Crossing's Phase I homes have been sold.

Contact Chris Pikus, community sales manager, 301-208-2588 or at chrispikus(at)kettlerforlineshomes(dot)com, for a personal tour of the model home between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Visit the community's new website, http://www.brightwellcrossing.com, for more details, interactive floor plans and virtual tours.

About Kettler Forlines Homes
Founded in 1978, Kettler Forlines Homes has helped over 4,000 families achieve the American Dream of home ownership in communities throughout Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Every single-family home built by Kettler Forlines provides excellence in design, attention to detail and the highest of quality. The management team averages over 25 years of tenure, providing knowledge and experience that few competitors can equal. For more information, visit http://www.kettlerforlineshomes.com.

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