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Annual Home & Garden Show Expands for 30th Celebration, Opens Friday

by on March 14, 2014 6:00 AM

This annual Home & Garden Show opens Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center, and this year's edition will be unlike any other with a new garden component.

"This show is for any homeowner or person who is looking to build a home. It's also certainly for anyone who is into DIY (do it yourself) projects and wants to get good ideas – they can come learn it from the pros," says Abbie Jensen, executive director of the Home Builders Association of Central Pennsylvania.

Centre Park – a fully landscaped area with flowers, a gazebo, deck, hot tub and live musicians – will be located in the middle of the arena floor as part of a 30-year home show anniversary celebration.

Centre Park will showcase the work of many local companies. Consumers will also see products to scale. EP Henry, a paving and block-manufacturing company, donated the block and paver material for the site.

Also, through the help of masonry students at the Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology, a local veterans' organization will be receiving a new patio after the show.

Also new, will be an art gallery on the concourse level, made possible by a partnership with the Art Alliance of Central Pennsylvania.

The Home & Garden Show, sponsored by the Home Builders Association of Central Pennsylvania and Pennwood Home & Hearth, begins Friday at the Bryce Jordan Center. The event kicks off at 3 p.m. running until 8 p.m. on Friday and runs through the weekend with hours 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

Admission is $6. Children 12 and under enter free. Parking is free.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

FRIDAY

4 p.m. – Using solar energy to heat your domestic hot water - Stanley C. Bierly - Learn the advantages of installing a solar domestic hot water heating system, what tax credits are available, and what savings will be realized.

5:30 p.m. – Top 10 Biggest Energy Wasting Mistakes when Building or Remodeling – Envinity - Are you planning on building or remodeling a home? If so, don't let energy efficiency oversights in design & construction waste your money. Learn from high performance building experts about what not to do when planning your next project.

SATURDAY

11 a.m. – Using geothermal to heat and cool your home or business - Stanley C. Bierly. Learn the advantages of heat and cooling with a geothermal heat pump system, what tax credits are available, and what savings will be realized.

12:30 p.m. - Radiant Home Heating with a wood fired masonry heater - Pennwood Home & Hearth. The presentation will include a discussion about how radiant heat can enhance the thermal comfort within the home, how a masonry heater differs from other home heating systems, and a short history about the evolution of masonry heaters.

2 p.m. – Heating and Cooling Solution for Older Homes – Goodco Mechanical. Learn about the Mitsubishi Electric ductless heat pumps and how they could solve all of your heating and cooling problems!

3:30 p.m. – Choosing the Right Floor for Your Project – America's Carpet Outlet. A quick overview of various flooring products including uses, applications and features.

5:00 pm – An Introduction To Outdoor Kitchens - Pennwood Home & Hearth. Learn more about the outdoor kitchen phenomenon and how you can create your dream outdoor living space.

6:30 p.m. – Home Buying Seminar – Kissinger Bigatel and Brower. Get tips from an industry professional on the steps and procedures it takes to buy your dream home.

SUNDAY

11 a.m. – Sustainable High Performance Construction-No longer a niche market - Wise Construction. New reports show that green home construction is expected to double by 2016 to 40 percent of the new homes constructed, and that an overwhelming majority of these homes will also seek a green certification. Learn more about what is driving this rapid increase in green construction and the benefits of going green in your new home or remodeling project.

12:30 p.m. – Choosing the most Efficient Heating and Cooling System for your home or business – Stanley C. Bierly. There are many systems available today to heat/cool your home and domestic hot water. Which system is best for you to realize maximum efficiency, comfort and return on investment.

2 p.m. - Home Construction Loan Process– Fulton Bank. Please join Fulton Bank mortgage advisor Brian Allen for a seminar on the new home construction loan process. The construction to permanent loan product allows for a one time close, streamlining the process.

Click HERE for more information including a list of exhibitors.

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Jennifer Miller is a reporter for StateCollege.com. She has worked in journalism since 2005. She's covered news at the local, state and national level with an emphasis on crime and local government.
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