Valley Forge, Pennsylvania.-based CertainTeed Corporation has made a multi-year commitment to Homes for Our Troops, a national non-profit organization dedicated to building specially adapted homes for severely injured veterans across the nation.
The homes are provided mortgage-free to the veterans they serve. The company is contributing roofing, insulation and gypsum wallboard for 40 homes across the United States.
"Having corporate partners like CertainTeed is essential to our mission of helping our nation's most severely injured veterans regain their freedom and independence through the gift of a new home," said Bill Ivey, executive director, at Homes for Our Troops. "It's an honor to help these heroes rebuild their lives, and CertainTeed's involvement ensures our homes are built using only the best materials and finest craftsmanship available, and will stand the test of time."
The one-story homes feature an open floor plan, going beyond ADA compliance, with roll-in showers, roll-under cooktops and sinks, and other standard accessibility items. The homes may also include specialized items, including lift systems, keyless door entry and voice-activation controls. Each home is constructed by teams of skilled laborers on site to build, paint and landscape.
A typical home takes five to seven months to build and costs an average of $430,000. The organization has built more than 166 such homes for wounded service members since 2004.