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EPA honors Schell Brothers with Indoor airPLUS Leader Award

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized Schell Brothers for its outstanding commitment to building homes with improved indoor air quality through participation in the Indoor airPLUS Program. Schell Brothers was one of only eight homebuilders nationwide to be honored with the 2015 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award.

“We’re proud to announce the 2015 Indoor airPLUS Leader Award winners and to congratulate them for raising the bar on indoor air quality in new homes,” said David Rowson, Director of EPA’s Indoor Environments Division. “It is especially fitting that we recognize these winners in May during Asthma Awareness Month as factors found in the indoor environment can cause, trigger, or exacerbate asthma symptoms. These builders and Home Energy Raters are not only creating healthier indoor environments for homeowners, but they are also pushing the broader housing market toward safer, healthier housing by raising consumer awareness about the importance of indoor air quality. Their recognition is well-deserved.”

Schell Brothers builds homes that provide a healthier and more comfortable living environment for homeowners. Each home is built using Schellter™ Advanced Building Science Technology, which is comprised of three components: 4-Tress, Enerwize, and Sanctuair. Schellter technology yields an extremely energy efficient home that eliminates the health risks associated with homes and provides unparalleled durability, longevity, strength, and quality. Sanctuair includes features such as MERV-14 air filters, low VOC building materials, fresh air ventilation, advanced moisture and humidity management and many other features.

“Indoor air quality became important to me when I realized that our kids were getting sick frequently while we were living in an older home,” said Chris Schell, CEO of Schell Brothers. “We traced the problem to poor indoor air quality and during my research, I learned that poor indoor air quality is a very common source of illness. With a lot of research and guidance from renowned building scientists, we created Sanctuair. In the past year alone, we have built 320 Indoor airPLUS qualified homes throughout Delaware.”

All Indoor airPLUS homes also meet strict energy efficiency standards established by the ENERGY STAR Certified Homes Program. Homes displaying the Indoor airPLUS and ENERGY STAR Certified Homes labels provide unparalleled energy efficiency, comfort, durability, indoor air quality, and peace of mind.

“It’s a great honor for our company to be one of the eight builders nationwide recognized as a leader for this program,” continues Schell. “We will continue to innovate and develop ways to build our homes even healthier and more energy efficient.”

For more information on Schell Brothers Homes, visit schellbrothers.com. To learn more about the 2015 Indoor airPLUS Leader Awards or the Indoor airPLUS Program, go to www.epa.gov/indoorairplus.

About HBA of Delaware

HBA/DE has been an integral part of the growth and economic development of the State of Delaware since 1947. HBA/DE was founded as a non-profit state affiliate of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) representing home builders and other businesses directly related to Delaware's Home Building Industry. Consisting of Builders, Remodelers and a group of diversified associate members, the Home Builders Association of Delaware strives to protect and preserve housing as a symbol of America. www.hbade.org

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