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JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Sept. 23, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Earthcore is proud to partner with "Purple Heart Homes" and Lifetime TV's "Designing Spaces" on the upcoming "Project Homeward Bound" series. Mark your Calendars, first airing September 25th through 27th, at 7:30am (ET/PT). This is an exciting 3 part series that will again, air Oct 23 through Oct 25 at 7:30am (ET/PT).
Through this partnership, President and CEO of Earthcore, Carl Spadaro, donated a beautiful Isokern outdoor fireplace and kitchen system, custom designed for this Jacksonville, Florida disabled veteran, Jeffrey Taylor and his family. This is the family's first home. The 2,300-square-foot, ranch-style house was donated by Bank of America as Purple Heart Homes' first project in Florida.
The house was renovated with construction services donated from RTF Construction. Hardware, fixtures, interior furnishings and structural goods; including Isokern products by Earthcore were donated as well. "We were thrilled to be asked to participate with these wonderful organizations and hope the Taylor family gets many years of enjoyment from our products," said Earthcore CEO, Carl Spadaro. The fireplace itself, an EPA Phase 2 Qualified clean burning fireplace is the first open faced, masonry wood burning fireplace to be qualified under a new EPA clean burning initiative. Equipped with a twenty-first century catalytic combustor exclusive to Earthcore, the Taylors' fireplace will burn wood 85% cleaner, requires no maintenance and only needs replacing every 3-5 years.
It took about a month to complete the renovations on the Taylors new home. Hundreds of local volunteers from Bank of America, GE Aviation Veterans Network, Stonecore (the largest supplier of natural stone in Northeast Florida), Earthcore and other businesses/groups donated their time as well.
Taylor and his wife are from Putnam County. He served with the U.S. Army's 3rd Infantry Division during Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He was critically injured when his crew's vehicle came under mortar attack just outside the Baghdad airport, causing it to roll into a canal with Taylor trapped underneath. He was rescued but left with a crushed leg, nerve damage, post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury and hearing loss.
Purple Heart Homes co-founder, John Gallina referred to the assistance the Taylor family received as a "hand-up," not a handout. "It's not enough to just bring you home," Gallina told Taylor. "We want to lift you up." The kind of community support that came together to renovate the Taylor home, Gallina said, is critical for veterans to reintegrate into society. Taylor will be paying a 50 percent mortgage cost of the home's market value and has pledged to assist others as much as he can in the same way to give back.
See Carl Spadaro's interview in its entirety on the series and to learn more about the products Earthcore donated. You won't want to miss this home's amazing transformation and see how Earthcore created this beautiful outdoor space for the Taylor family...making it more fun and functional to enjoy for a lifetime!
About Project Homeward Bound:
Purple Heart Homes was co-founded by wounded Iraq veterans Dale Beatty and John Gallina. This organization is dedicated to raise awareness about disabled veterans coming home who are suffering from sustained injuries and PTSD, (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) through the sacrifice they have made for our country.
About Earthcore® Industries:
Earthcore is a 21 year old Jacksonville, Florida based corporation which designs, manufactures and distributes modular products made from a proprietary, Icelandic volcanic pumice which exhibits high insulative properties and energy efficiency. An environmentally conscious company, Earthcore is a corporation focused on clean solutions for residential, commercial and industrial uses.
The Green-Tech Series, Catalytic Filter System:
The Earthcore proprietary combustor for masonry systems, offer significant heat efficiency by requiring less fuel. The combustor is easily installed in a new Isokern fireplace and is virtually maintenance free for 3-5 years. The direct flame on the catalytic surface superheats and actually cleans up harmful particulate emissions. The Catalyst nano-technology is also easily retro-fit into existing Isokern and masonry fireplaces to clean the emissions from older, non-catalytic fireplaces. Through advanced catalytic filter integration, efficiency increases dramatically and all sizes of Earthcore, Isokern Green-Tech fireplaces are EPA Phase 2 Qualified. Exclusively available from Earthcore, the easily replaceable catalytic devise installs in minutes and offers years of clean wood burning. Once again Earthcore satisfies air district quality standards as well as the need for fire in our lives by allowing the consumer to burn wood cleanly and responsibly.
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