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Summit Parade of Homes showcases sustainability practices

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The 2010 Summit County Parade of Homes is the perfect opportunity to tour some of Summit County’s most beautiful homes. The entries this year will showcase more than just beautiful homes with the latest design features. One trend from this year’s entrants is focusing on sustainable building, energy efficiency and building green. Builders, architects and homeowners have worked together to incorporate green building materials like reclaimed siding, engineered lumber, reused and salvaged building materials, beetle-kill pine from our local forests, bamboo flooring and recycled composite shingles. Many have also gone above and beyond to make their homes sustainable by increasing the energy efficiency and reducing their carbon footprint. To reduce the energy used by the home they have incorporated materials such as closed-cell polyurethane insulation in the walls and roofs to increase the insulation factor and eliminate air infiltration, EnergyStar rated appliances, LED lighting and whole-house automation systems to control the lighting and heating systems. Touring this year’s homes gives you the opportunity to view alternative energies that have been utilized. Alternative energies including southern-exposed windows for passive solar heat gain, solar thermal for heating domestic hot water and solar photovoltaic arrays to generate electricity have been installed to offset the homes energy usage.Several of this year’s homes have been awarded an Energy Star rating and/or a LEED certification. The end result is a home that is comfortable for the homeowner and friendly to the environment.Submitted by Melinda Fleming, Business Manager for Trilogy Partners, LLCThe 16th Annual Summit County Parade of Homes is Sept. 18, 19, 25 and 26. Tickets are $10 each and good for entry to 23 homes. Proceeds benefit The Summit Foundation. Official Programs available at most Summit County Real Estate offices, Visitor Information Centers and City Market stores. Tickets may be purchased at http://www.summitcountybuilders.org/paradeofhomes and Summit County City Markets. Please read the Summit Daily News for trends to look for at the 2010 event.