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The Sustainable, Healthier Home showcases what can (and should) be done to serve the middle market of the Baby Boomer generation. | Photo: Dane D. Llewellyn
This article first appeared in the November/December 2021 issue of Pro Builder.

As Glenna Wilson, founder and owner of Charis Homes, and the driving force behind the Sustainable, Healthier Home, in North Canton, Ohio, says, “This home represents a new level of performance, with rigorous requirements that ensure outstanding energy savings, comfort, health, and durability.” The home was built in collaboration with Pro Builder Media, the Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA), and Epcon Communities Franchising.

Read on to find out about the building products used to create this energy-efficient, attainable, and beautiful home that's right-sized for the 55-plus market.

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ProVia provides a range of exterior cladding choices. The brand’s stone finishes blend aggregates, cement, iron oxides, and pigments for authentic looks, from rugged to smooth surfaces, with irregular cuts and edges. And its Super Polymer siding is formulated to ensure long-lasting, deep colors by reflecting heat away from exterior walls and deflecting damaging infrared solar rays that cause solar heat buildup and weathering, the company says.

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Photos for ClosetMaid, Gerber, Mitsubishi, and ProVia by Dane D. Llewellyn, Crowl Marketing | Creative

Sustainable, Healthier Home ProVia siding

Storage Options

ClosetMaid offers a breadth of products and professional services to help builders meet current homeowner demands for storage solutions. The brand’s extensive roster of products come in a variety of styles and configurations for closets, the laundry room, and the kitchen pantry. Click for more info

Sustainable, Healthier Home ClosetMaid storage

Healthier Air

Delivering a healthy indoor environment requires managing fresh air, air purity, and humidity. Aprilaire’s Healthy Air System suite of products for indoor air quality includes a MERV 16 air cleaner (pictured), the E-100 series whole-house dehumidifier, and a whole-house humidifier working together to provide healthy indoor air solutions for consumers. Click for more info

Sustainable, Healthier Home Aprilaire healthy air products

Low-Profile HVAC

Mitsubishi Electric’s EZ Fit Ceiling Cassette recesses between ceiling joists for a flush-mount appearance. The slim-bodied design for use in multi- or single-zone HVAC systems fits into shallow ceiling cavities, the company says, making it a popular choice for room upgrades or new construction. High/low ceiling airflow settings and automatic vane control personalize room comfort. EZ Fit Cassettes are Energy Star–certified. Click for more info

Sustainable, Healthier Home Mitsubishi HVAC


Gerber Plumbing Fixtures supplied plumbing products for the Sustainable, Healthier Home’s kitchen and bathrooms, including the Vaughn two-handle widespread bath faucet in Brushed Bronze (shown) and the Kinzie pre-rinse single-handle spring spout kitchen faucet. Easy installation, reliable everyday use, and an industry-leading warranty are hallmarks of Gerber products, the company says. Click for more info

Sustainable, Healthier Home Gerber faucets