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August 16, 2017, 9:00 am

Operation Finally Home – The Carlton Family

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In June, U.S. Army, Chief Warrant Officer Two, Daniel Carlton and his family were welcomed into their new home in New Braunfels, Texas. The home was built and gifted by Operation FINALLY HOME (OFH), a non-profit organization focused on building mortgage-free homes for veterans.

During Carlton’s second tour in Afghanistan, he sustained a gunshot wound with shrapnel in his left hand and suffered various hand fractures. In November 2012, Carlton was injured by two improvised explosive devices (IED), which resulted in the amputation of his left leg above the knee, loss of use of his right leg, hand fractures, burns and a traumatic brain injury. Carlton honorably retired after serving more than 15 years of service in the Army. Due to the severity of injuries he sustained, Carlton requires basic medical services, such as occasional X-rays and work with his prosthetics on a regular basis.

To make the Carlton’s new mortgage-free house feel like home, he and his family needed a superior cooling and heating system. Our Zoned Comfort Solutions™ allows Carlton and his family to be comfortable in each space of their home, making comfort personal.

We are honored that our products have had a part in the OFH initiative since 2014 and we’re excited to welcome the Carlton family home.

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February 18, 2015, 3:52 pm

Operation FINALLY HOME: Our First Donation for a Hero!

Last month, we were honored to donate our residential systems to a true American hero, and mark the beginning of our official partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME!

The new home belongs to Staff Sergeant Ray Coffey, who was forced to retire after several insurgent attacks left him with severe injuries, following two deployments to Iraq. Ray returned home with a brain injury that required the temperature in his family’s home be kept so low that they had to wear heavy jackets while indoors.

Henley Homes Inc., Liberty Hill, Texas, built the custom and mortgage-free home for Ray and his family.

With the installation of our systems, Henley Homes Inc. was able to provide both Ray and his family with an environment that suits each of their needs.

“In Ray’s situation when you have migraine headaches, PTSD, he needed a dark room that we could get very cold. Mitsubishi stepped up and gave us individual room air conditioners,” said Gary Henley, co-owner of Henley Homes, Inc.

Ray’s incredible story, as well as footage of the home dedication, was picked up by broadcasting stations in Austin and Philadelphia. One anchor, Jennifer Kendall, anchor, Fox News, had it right when she said, “That means for the first time in a long time one American hero can live comfortably in his home of the brave.”

Ray’s full story can be seen here on My FOX Austin.

We’d like to offer a special thanks to Casa Mechanical Services for installing the equipment. We wish Ray and his family the best in their new home and look forward to our continued partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME in the years to come!

We first blogged about our official partnership with Operation FINALLY HOME last Veterans Day.

November 11, 2014, 12:15 pm

Operation FINALLY HOME: Building Homes for our Heroes

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Since today is Veterans Day, we thought you’d like to know about a partnership we’re working on with Operation FINALLY HOME. Operation FINALLY HOME is a nonprofit organization that provides custom-built, mortgage-free homes to America’s heroes and the widows of the fallen who have sacrificed so much to defend our freedoms and our way of life. The nationwide charity brings together corporate sponsors, builder associations and professionals, individual contributors and volunteers. Operation FINALLY HOME and its supporters help veterans and their families transition to the homefront by addressing one of their most pressing needs – a home to call their own.

Stay tuned for more updates on this exciting partnership. In the meantime, click here to learn more about Operation FINALLY HOME.

November 9, 2016, 9:00 am

Providing the Comfort of Home to Our Service Men and Women

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Zoned Comfort Solutions™ in the “Veterans Village” of tiny houses, as a part of the Veterans Community Project.

A daily routine is something most of us take for granted. While our lives may get stressful from time to time, nothing compares to the challenges our soldiers face while serving our country. Men and women in the United States Armed Forces put their lives on hold so we may enjoy our family, friends and a safe home. On this Veterans Day, we remember how important it is to recognize the service of all U.S. military veterans.

When veterans transition back to civilian life, they take on a new challenge they may not have faced before. Fortunately, there are many nonprofit organizations that help make this transition smoother. We sponsor Operation FINALLY HOME (OFH), New Braunfels, Texas and they assist wounded veterans by providing a custom-built, mortgage-free home tailored to their needs and the needs of their family. In Kansas City, Missouri, the Veterans Community Project (VCP) also offers a holistic support system for homeless veterans – providing housing, food and counseling.

Our Zoned Comfort Solutions™ have been donated to numerous custom houses in support of both OFH and the VCP. We are proud to work with these organizations and to support veterans in the way we know best: keeping them comfortable.

May 2, 2016, 9:00 am

Welcome Home to the Dowdells

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On Thursday, April 14, U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Jonathan Dowdell and his family were welcomed into their new home in League City, Texas. The home was built and gifted by our partner, Operation FINALLY HOME (OFH), a non-profit organization focused on building mortgage-free homes for veterans. This is the 100th such home donated by OFH over the last 10 years and in 30 different states.

Cpl. Dowdell served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and earned a Purple Heart while conducting an investigation of a compound where it was suspected that IEDs were being manufactured. The explosion of a pressure plate IED left Dowdell with severe injuries, including the amputation of both legs and his left index finger.

Built by Harbour Classic Builders, LLC out of the Houston Bay Area, our zoning system helped provide the Dowdell family with a comfortable home. Some unique features of the home include a garage floor painted with the Dowdell family name and a back patio and grilling area that hosted a welcome home barbeque and dedication ceremony.

We are proud that our products have had a part in the OFH initiative and we’re especially happy to finally welcome the Dowdell family home.

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January 28, 2016, 9:00 am

Welcome Home to the Young Family

On Friday, January 15, Sgt. Nathan Young and his family were welcomed into their new home in Luling, Louisiana. The home was built and gifted by our partner, Operation FINALLY HOME (OFH), a non-profit organization focused on building mortgage-free homes for veterans.

While serving in Iraq in 2010, Sgt. Young’s vehicle was struck by a pair of Russian Anti-Tank Grenades. The incident forced him into rehab for a traumatic brain injury, and eventually into retirement in 2013.

Built by Tyson Construction – out of the Greater New Orleans area – our donations helped this home to be designed with Sgt. Young in mind. The 2,285-square-foot house – cooled and heated by our M-Series heat pumps – is spacious enough for the family and a quiet room that offers Sgt. Young relief from combat-induced migraines. For this room, Tyson installed two of our whisper-quiet SLZ indoor units.

We are proud that our products have had a part in this project and we’re happy to finally welcome the Young family home.

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January 21, 2016, 9:00 am

What Happens in Vegas . . . ?

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This week, more than 75,000 building enthusiasts traveled to Las Vegas for Design & Construction Week, including world’s largest residential and light construction event: 2016 International Builders’ Show (IBS).  When attendees weren’t touring the thousands of exhibitor booths, they participated in educational sessions hosted by renowned building professionals from around the world.

Outside the showroom, attendees had a chance to see our products in The Modern Home – an exhibition home built for the show by Palm Harbor Homes. The home models sustainable technologies in a modern setting, including our compact PMFY one-way ceiling-recessed cassette indoor unit.

On Tuesday night, we joined our partner Operation FINALLY HOME (OFH), builders and other sponsors at The House of Blues for a promotional concert starring country music singer, Kix Brooks. OFH – a non-profit organization focused on building mortgage-free homes for veterans – hosts this annual event to raise awareness for the organization. We felt lucky to be in the company of such a generous organization during such an exciting event.

November 11, 2015, 11:21 am

Veteran’s Day? For Safety and Comfort, Try Veteran’s 365-Days-a-Year

Veteran’s Day is celebrated one day a year, but many organizations work year-round to offer military families day-to-day assistance. Operation FINALLY HOME (OFH) is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization providing custom-built, mortgage-free homes to veterans. We are honored to be a partner of OFH. We truly support their work and everything they stand for. That support involves donating cooling and heating systems to five homes being built this year for veteran families. We plan to steadily increase the number of donations in the years to come.

One such home was built for U.S. Marine Corps Staff Sergeant Ray Coffey. In 2004, during a deployment in Iraq, Coffey was seriously injured by an improvised explosive device, grenades and gunfire. As a result, he suffers from permanent physical and cognitive damage, as well as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Coffey’s medication causes his body temperature to increase, which leads to brain swelling – making effective cooling vital to Coffey and his family. In their new house, our zoned comfort system ensures that Coffey can relax safely and comfortably during a migraine without making the rest of his house (and family) too cold.

Learn more about Staff Sergeant Coffey and his family by viewing Southern Living’s videos; our zoning systems air in episode two at the 3:12 mark and episode three at the 0:48 and 3:10 marks. You’ll see exactly why we feel so lucky to support such an important and necessary program.

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March 22, 2016, 9:00 am

Green Certification in Unexpected Applications

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This year’s International Builders’ Show provided a perfect forum for Home Innovation Research Labs to showcase its annual report and the initial results of its National Green Building StandardTM (NGBS) certification program. The goal of this program was to create a flexible yet consistent building certification program with which builders and developers could certify green projects. With over 60,000 green certified projects to date, these results show the success of the NGBS program.

Most interestingly, the report highlighted a niche of distinct mixed-use facilities that may not have qualified as green-certified projects under other metrics. Some of these facilities included:

  • Student Housing. Student housing creates small but diverse communities in a single area. Schools can promote sustainability by installing high-performance insulation and ventilation products, but also by placing campus housing facilities, student resource buildings and social life nearby one another, making it easier for students to make sustainable choices to walk or bike rather than take a car.
  • Military Housing. Servicemen, servicewomen and veterans bring to the building industry a variety of need-based applications. For example, in Liberty Hill, Texas, Staff Sergeant Ray Coffey needed a cold, dark space to help manage the after-effects of his service.
  • Rescue Facilities. Rescue facilities – firehouses, and emergency stations where first responders must remain on-call – typically have residential floors where professionals on call can sleep, cook and commune. These facilities also have the business component of a garage and dispatch. In some cases, these facilities could even be registered as a “residence with an exceptionally large garage.”
  • Supportive Shelters. In low-incoming housing, having cost-saving options but still providing noticeable comfort is right in line with the mission. Often these are varied spaces with multiple kitchens and residences, as well as community and enrichment rooms.

For more ideas about how to redefine sustainable building, click here to read the full annual report.

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