EcoStar to be featured on This Old House

(Carlisle, PA) – The new season of the Emmy Award-winning PBS television series This Old House, which premieres on Thursday, October 2 (check or your local listings), will showcase the construction of a new timberframe home in Weston, MA. Cutting-edge techniques, including extensive uses of prefabrication and green technologies, will be implemented to build the new home on property owned by the Favat family. One of the home’s more distinctive and eco-friendly materials is EcoStar’s Majestic Slate™ Traditional Tiles, a synthetic roofing material that combines the appearance of real slate with the environmental benefits of recycled rubber.

Manufactured from 80 percent recycled content, the EcoStar tiles were selected by homeowner Amy Favat based on their authentic appearance and competitive pricing compared to real slate. Favat and longtime This Old House general contractor Tom Silva discussed the features of the EcoStar tiles for a segment of the show that will air during the upcoming season.

According to Favat, slate was the natural choice for her home due to its close proximity to historical Boston, however the price and fragility of real slate was a deterrent. Upon finding out about EcoStar, Favat said she knew immediately she had found the right material for her environmentally friendly home, which also features such eco-friendly materials as structural insulated panels (SIPs), low-E windows and recycled lumber salvaged from Boston harbor.

Boston-based roofing contractor Gilbert & Becker is installing the EcoStar tiles on the home.