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EP Henry points to eco benefits

BY HBSDealer Staff

According to paver manufacturer EP Henry, maker of the ECO line of permeable pavers, there are several ways an outdoor paved area can be environmentally friendly, contribute to LEED certification and earn the owner tax credits.

The benefits apply to homes and businesses, according to the company. Here are six:

• Storm water management: Traditional, non-PICP paving systems block precipitation from soaking into the soil, creating pools of run-off water. By allowing water to flow through its surface, permeable pavers help prevent storm water runoff and reduce soil erosion.

• Decreased water pollution: When rain water runs across impervious surfaces, it picks up pollutants and carries them to a larger water supply. Permeable products reduce runoff and subsequent pollution, and also adhere to the Stormwater Best Management Practices as outlined by the Environmental Protection Agency’s National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) program.

• Compliance with storm water regulations: In an effort to manage runoff and pollution, local governments often place limits on the amount of impervious surface coverage permitted at each residential or commercial property. Some municipal agencies offer stormwater reduction incentives for permaeable pavers. Incentives include tax credits and reduced water rates. 

• Credits toward LEED certification: For builders, businesses and homeowners looking to obtain LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) status from the U.S. Green Building Council, they can gain credits toward certification by using ECO Line to build the structure’s paved surfaces.

• Rain water irrigation: Installing systems that capture and hold rain water — known as “rain harvesting” — allows homeowners to irrigate areas of their property with captured rain water instead of municipal or well water.

• A more aesthetic approach: Other environmentally friendly paving systems, such as porous concrete or asphalt, offer little to no options in terms of appearance.

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Philly’s first net-zero townhomes in the works

BY Ken Clark

In downtown Philadelphia, Nexus EnergyHomes is bringing to market the first net-zero capable townhomes in the city while advancing the green building trend.   

Nexus’ Foundry Court project consists of five lots located at 4th and Brown St. in Northern Liberties. Each of the homes will be built to Emerald Certification standards, the highest green building standards set out by the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). They will also be Net-Zero, capable of generating as much energy as they use, saving the homeowners thousands of dollars each year on utility bills from day one.

The Maryland-based company is committed to promoting Philadelphia’s growth by partnering with local investors, government agencies and businesses such as the highly regarded Northern Liberties design team of Ed Fink and Alex Duller and their firm, FUSA Design, who have created architectural renderings featuring 2800+ sq. ft. of light-filled living space, garages, light towers and roof decks. The designs are modern with a nod to the traditional.

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Lowe’s exhaust fans recalled

BY Brae Canlen

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Delta Electronics (Dongguan) Co., of China, is recalling approximately 68,000 bathroom exhaust fans. Sold exclusively at Lowe’s under the Harbor Breeze Bath Fans with Heater and Light, the fan’s heater blades can fail to rotate properly, causing the product to overheat and posing a fire hazard.

The firm has received 11 reports of the fan overheating with smoking or flames within the fan housing, including three reports of minor property damage. The product was sold nationwide at Lowe’s stores and Lowes.com from September 2010 through March 2012 for about $90.

Consumers should stop using the recalled bathroom exhaust fans immediately and contact Delta Electronics Dongguan to schedule a free repair by a trained service technician.

Visit Heaterfanrecall.com for more information.

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