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Poolesville to dedicate Elgin Park at Brightwell Crossing!

Categories: Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Kettler Forlines Homes Awards | Posted: June 2, 2015

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Kettler Forlines Homes is excited to join with the Town of Poolesville in adding 6-acre Elgin Park to the many recreational facilities that Poolesville has to offer! A collaborative effort, the park has a lacrosse/soccer field, basketball court, pavilions, playgrounds, walking/biking trails, bike racks, a Village green, and restrooms.

The official dedication of Charles W. Elgin Sr. Park at Brightwell Crossing will be Saturday, June 20 at 10 am. Members of the Elgin family will be in attendance, as will Town Commissioners, and Planning Commission and Parks board members. The dedication will be open to the public, and light refreshments will be available in the Pavilion at Elgin Park following the dedication.

Kettler Forlines Homes designed and built Elgin Park in conjunction with the Town of Poolesville, and is donating it to the town. Tom Kettler, president of Kettler Forlines Homes at Brightwell Crossing, is a resident of Poolesville. As an active member of many community organizations, he is committed to ensuring Brightwell Crossing is an asset to the entire Poolesville community.

For over 35 years, the details have made all the difference in Kettler Forlines Homes and neighborhoods. Our seasoned, dedicated professionals assist our homebuyers from their first visit through their warranty service. Come visit and you’ll find award-winning, energy efficient designs, the highest quality materials and craftsmanship, a genuine dedication to affordability and value, countless included features and lots of ways to create a home that is truly unique. For more details about our homes, visit www.kettlerforlineshomes.com.

 

Brightwell Crossing wins environmental award for planting Chestnut tree orchard!

Categories: Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Kettler Forlines Homes Awards | Posted: March 7, 2013

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For the third year in a row, Kettler Forlines Homes’ Brightwell Crossing community has won the annual environmental award from the Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association. Builders and developers throughout Maryland and Washington D.C. comply with a broad range of environmental regulations dealing with open space, water runoff, tree protection, sediment control and stormwater management at the local, state and federal levels.  Kettler Forlines Homes, like many members of the building industry, goes to extra lengths to preserve, enhance and protect the environment. The Maryland National Capital Building Industry Association (MNCBIA) Environmental Awards recognize and honor this outstanding commitment.

Kettler Forlines Homes is proud to have been recognized for partnering with the Global Ecology House Magnet Program at Poolesville High School and The American Chestnut Foundation to establish a Demonstration Orchard of Chestnut trees at Brightwell Crossing.

American Chestnut trees were virtually wiped out by blight in the 1900’s. The American Chestnut Foundation has been at the forefront of developing a new hybrid Chestnut tree that is resistant to blight, and they provided technical advice for our Demonstration Orchard. Kettler Forlines, along with a group of high school students, planted two American Chestnuts, two Chinese Chestnuts, two American/Chinese hybrids, and Four Restoration Chestnut seeds. The American Chestnut Foundation also donated the ten seeds we planted last Spring in the Orchard at Brightwell Crossing.

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Poolesville High School Senior, Alex Pike, took the lead for the Global Ecology House Program under the guidance of Joyce Bailey, Global Ecology Head of House. Alex and Ms. Bailey teamed up with Tom Kettler and Kettler Forlines Homes to create the Orchard. Alex, and representatives of The American Chestnut Foundation and Kettler Forlines Homes toured a number of orchards throughout Maryland to learn about techniques and procedures necessary to provide the best environment for success of the Demonstration Orchard.

Thanks to the unique affiliation of a builder, community members and an environmental organization, the American Chestnut tree is on the road to returning to its former glory. Kettler Forlines Homes is grateful to the Poolesville High School Global Ecology House Magnet Program and members of the local Maryland Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation for their participation in this exceptional partnership.

Kettler Forlines Homes Wins Three Awards

Categories: Blog, Kettler Forlines Homes Awards, News Highlights | Posted: November 24, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

New Brightwell Crossing Community in Poolesville MD Receives Three Awards for Environmental Innovation and Excellence in Architecture and Interior Design.

Homeowners Ready to Move into Kettler Forlines Homes New Award-Winning Community

Poolesville, MD Brightwell Crossing (www.brightwellcrossing.com), Kettler Forlines Homes newest residential living community in Western Montgomery County, has been honored with a Maryland-National Capital Building Industry Association (www.mncbia.org, MNCBIA) Environmental Award and two 2010 Great American Living Awards (www.greatamericanlivingawards.com, GALA). The Great American Living Awards are hosted by the Washington Area Building Industry Associations.

These awards truly reflect the essence of Brightwell Crossing homes’ functional,efficient homes for todays modern family,that do not compromise on the cherished elements of a traditional home, said Richard Kettler, owner of Kettler Forlines Homes. We proudly accept these awards as our first families are ready to move into their award-winning homes. Within a manner of weeks, the first homeowners of Brightwell Crossing will be calling the community home.

MNCBIAs Environmental Awards recognize builders and developers like Kettler Forlines Homes who go to extra lengths to preserve, enhance and protect the environment. Kettler Forlines Homes (www.kettlerforlineshomes.com) won in the Building (Lot Specific) category for Brightwell Crossings Montgomery model home in Poolesville, MD. Among one of the first new homes to be certified with the EPA Indoor airPLUS label, the Montgomery home is designed for improved air quality, lower utility costs, greater comfort, and better durability. The model also exceeds ENERGY STAR� for homes criteria, employing such energy-saving features as Low-E windows, exterior foam sealing, a high-efficiency gas furnace and pressure-tested sealed ductwork.

At the 2010 GALA Awards, Brightwell Crossings Montgomery model home was recognized in two categories: Best Design and Architecture for Detached Homes (3,201-3,800 finished square feet) and Best Interior Merchandising for a Detached Home (3,201-3,800 finished square feet). The GALA program celebrates excellence in the Washington, D.C. regions new home building industry.

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 Crossings Phase I homes have been sold.

Contact Chris Pikus, community sales manager, 301-208-2588 or at chrispikus@kettlerforlineshomes.com, for a personal tour of the model home between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Visit the communitys new website, 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 www.kettlerforlineshomes.com.

Kettler Forlines Cohosts Energy-Saving Seminar with Poolesville Green

Categories: Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Kettler Forlines Homes Awards | Posted: November 17, 2011

Kettler Forlines Homes was pleased to co-host an energy-saving seminar with Poolesville Green, a local citizen based environmental group whose mission is to help educate and inform individuals on living more “Green”.  The event, held at the Brightwell Crossing model on November 7, 2011, focused on lighting and featured Erin Speck, an Illuminating Society Member and LEED Accredited professional who discussed energy saving current trends in lighting, including compact fluorescent and LED bulbs. Dave Griffin, Sr. VP and National Association of Home Builders Certified Green Professional discussed EPA Energy Star and Indoor AirPlus programs featured at Brightwell Crossing.

For more information on how we’re going Green, visit the Brightwell Crossing website!

Kettler Forlines Wins Environmental Site Design Award

Categories: Blog, Kettler Forlines Homes Awards, News Highlights | Posted: November 1, 2011

EPA Applauds Brightwell Crossing

Categories: Blog, Brightwell Crossing Community News, Kettler Forlines Homes Awards, News Highlights | Posted: April 15, 2011

The Monocacy Monocle
By Rande Davis

With the first anniversary of the grand opening of Brightwell Crossing coming at the end of this month, Tom Kettler, president of Kettler Forlines Homes/Brightwell Crossing, was pleased to have the new home development recognized for its environmental and energy efficiencies. Erick Werling, Indoor airPlus Coordinator for the Environmental Protection Agency attended an event at the site on April 5 to applaud Kettler Forlines for its leadership in implementing indoor air quality features in all its Brightwell Crossing homes. Michael Trammell from Channel 9 was on hand to film the occasion for broadcasting later.

Mr. Werling pointed out that Brightwell Crossing is one of the first developments in the entire country to incorporate such extensive innovations to safeguard interior air quality in the entire home. “Fresh air ventilation in commercial buildings has had a long history, but we are now just getting this progress into homes.” The home development in Poolesville has earned the EPA’s Indoor airPlus rating for all its homes. Such designation identifies the homes as being designed with improved indoor air quality as compared to homes built to minimum codes. According to the EPA Indoor airPlus qualified homes can lead to lower health risks, protection against combustion pollutants, and fewer pests, allergens, and asthma triggers. EPA studies show that levels of air pollution inside a home are often two to five times higher than outdoor levels leading to eye irritation, headaches, allergies, respiratory problems such as asthma, and other serious problems.

In answering a query about a common perception that homes might be too tightly sealed, Mr. Werling referred to an EPA motto, “Build it Tight, Ventilate it Right.” The key is having the proper ventilation systems within the home.

Additionally, the homes have gained the coveted government-backed designation as ENERGY STAR homes. Last fall, Brightwell Crossing was honored to gain the Maryland-National Capital Building Association’s Environmental award for exceeding ENERGY STAR qualifications by employing such energy-savings features as low-e-glass windows, exterior foam sealing, a high-efficiency gas furnace, and pressure-sealed ductwork. As an example, rather than use standard taping methods to seal joints in the heat/air ducts, the builder uses mastic, a sort of liquid concrete that when dried overcomes the problem of eventual wearing with standard sealing methods. Another small but effective innovation is having a ventilation system within the garage to prevent fumes leaking back into the home.

EPA Officials Showcase Brightwell Crossing

Categories: Blog, Kettler Forlines Homes Awards, News Highlights | Posted: April 15, 2011

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Rebecca Noel
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April 15, 2011 rnoel@veandco.com
Laura Van Eperen
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U.S. EPA Officials Showcase Maryland’s Brightwell Crossing Community as
Best Practice with New Homebuilding Energy Efficiency Standards

Kettler Forlines Homes’ New Award-Winning Community in Poolesville Serves as National Model for Indoor airPLUS Qualified Homes

Poolesville, MD – Brightwell Crossing (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@kettlerforlineshomes.com, for a personal tour of the model home between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Visit the community’s new website, 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 www.kettlerforlineshomes.com.