Project Uplifts Raffle Home

posted Apr 25, 2012, 8:22 AM by Anthony Ruffolo

Ruffolo Builders is proud to be able to help Project Uplift in making this  Raffle Home a reality.  
Project Uplift NFP will be conducting a fundraising raffle  and will be using two of the ten recently donated lots from Ruffolo Builders to build the home that will be awarded to our Initial Grand Prize Winner!!!  
The Sole Winner will have the choice of accepting the new home, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the raffle, 
TICKETS $20.00 each                 or a $70,000.00
   CASH PRIZE!!! (View Terms and Conditions).
The prize home is a modular house from Rochester Homes, a company known for building homes of the highest quality and for a commitment to Green Building Practices. .The foundation is provided by Superior Walls, the world leader in custom residential precast concrete foundation systems since 1981. Like Rochester Homes, Superior Walls is also known for its green building practices. A big  thanks to Ruffolo Builders for making the construction of  this beautiful home happen. Visit to see all the Modular  floor plans.

Ruffolo Builders Sponsor Spotlight: Rochester Homes Inc.

posted Apr 22, 2012, 7:46 PM by Anthony Ruffolo

Rochester Homes: The Advantages of Modular Construction:
Consistency in Quality

Rochester Homes utilizes modular building system technology in constructing your home. Each home is designed and built in a climate controlled environment to your specifications. We are not controlled by the weather and that means materials that go into your home are never exposed to harmful weather. Your home also goes through many quality inspections, including one by an independent third pary inspection company, recognized by your state.

Speed of Construction

Homes are built in one-third the time of typical on-site constructed homes, and are delivered to your site over 85% complete. Delays in construction due to weather, contractors not showing up, or missing materials is eliminated. With proper planning and coordination, with your authorized Rochester Homes builder, you can be living in your new home in a matter of weeks. Although speed of construction is realized through a modular building system approach, we never sacrifice the quality of materials and attention to detail. Click her to see a modular construction timeline.

Design Flexibility

Rochester Homes offers a wide variety of home styles and plans to choose from. We currently have two series to choose from.  The first is the Rochester Series which includes, Ranch, Cape Cod and Two Story and is availble in 26', 28', and 30' widths. This series is completely customizable and contains quality name brand components. The second is the Advantage Series which includes Ranch homes in 26' widths only. This series is engineered to be more affordable, but less customizable. This series may be more affordable but that does not mean we compromise the quality name brand components we are proud to use in our homes. Our wide variety of floor plans and options allow you the flexibility to customize your home to meet your distinct personal tastes. If you don't see a plan that meets your needs, ask your Rochester Homes dealer about the flexibility to revise an existing plan, or work closely with you on creating your own personal plan. Whatever your preferences, Rochester Homes provides the flexibility to meet them. Click here to see the components that come standard in our homes.

Cost Advantage

Because our homes are constructed faster, and are built in a controlled environment, utilizing modular building systems technology, we are ultimately able to pass along a cost savings to you. We feel confident that our large selection of floor plans, styles and options will allow you to find a Rochester Home that fits your budget. Our homes qualify for all conventional mortgage programs, and our homes meet the same mortgage rules and regulations that site-built  homes do. Generally you can save $15 to $25 per square foot as compared to total site built constructed to our specifications.

Energy Efficiency

Due to the fact that our homes are all built utiliizing the most up to date building systems technology and quality materials, you can rest assured that your new home will also be very energy efficient. We carry a high level of standards when it comes to insulating and sealing your home against the elements, which means you will save money on utility bills into the future.

Construction Standards

We have listed our standard components, and a cutaway rendering for each type of home below. Click on the pictures and standard links below for the cutaways and standards lists in a printable PDF format. 

Ruffolo Builders Charity Spotlight: Project Uplift NFP

posted Apr 13, 2012, 9:51 PM by Anthony Ruffolo

Project Uplift NFP is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to homeless prevention, community development, and providing of necessary resources to low income families with the intentions of mentoring those ready to supersede past their present, unfortunate state and beyond. Our main goal is to revitalize neighborhoods, in order to make them safe for all, with a focus on underprivileged families, children, the disabled, the elderly, as well as immigrants/refugees. Our mission is to provide support, structure, and educational classes for these individuals in order to make their dreams of reclaiming their lives a self sufficient reality.

Project Uplift looks forward to providing all qualified persons in need with useful education, training, and assistance in the form of any, possible resource needed to support and maintain their pressing deficiencies. Our solutions combine uniqueness, creativity, ingenuity, technology, energy efficiency and personality. We are committed to purposeful and effective objectives. We will be true to whom we are, develop great solutions, and improve the overall community and environment doing it! We believe that, when our members succeed, the success is already ours. We will provide underprivileged individuals, and their families, with the innovative tools that allow for the privilege of living in a clean and healthy environment while forwarding and transforming potential into sustainable careers. We are constantly learning and evolving as we keep our sight on the future of a new way of life for those in need. We believe in creating solutions that provide for opportunities that will deliver measurable results.

Project Uplift is presently engaging in a complete overhaul of our future Headquarters and are preparing for a complete Green movement in an effort to contribute to the evolution of the neighborhood of Rockford, IL as a model for the expansion of environmental awareness in all communities within our society. Any of our future home building or placement projects will be in the form of Green, Sustainable places of residence that will provide increased energy efficiency, reduction in waste, pollution, and environmental degradation, as well as an overall healthier, living environment. We are reaching out for any and all types of assistance.

With the support of people, from all walks of life, we are confident that Project Uplift NFP’s efforts will help to reverse the current state of those suffering in need. We believe that improving the community, as well as the environment, go hand in hand. We seek long-term, personal relationships with our supporters, sponsors, and affiliates and thank you in advance for your concern and assistance with regards to the future of our planet and those inhabiting it.


The Green Benefits of Modular Homes with Rochester Homes Inc.

posted Apr 13, 2012, 9:20 PM by Anthony Ruffolo

In our last post we talked about the importance of green building. In this post we will talk about the green benefits of a certain type of building: modular homes.


Modular homes, like the raffle home built for Project Uplift NFP, are prefabricated in a factory. The sections, or modules, that make up each home are then delivered to the site and assembled into a single home. The photo gallery on our Raffle page shows the incredible results—a beautiful, modern home with the latest design touches.


Our modular home sponsor is Rochester Homes Inc of Indiana. Their website discusses the green benefits of modular building. We have provided a summary here:

·         There is less environmental impact on the home building site. Homes assemble quickly, meaning less time is needed and less fuel is used for on-site construction vehicles. Waste is reduced because homes are 85% built when they arrive at the site, meaning less scrap overall.

·         Along with the walls used in a home, other components are factory-built, including trusses, cabinets and trim. Greater efficiency results in a lower environmental footprint. 

In addition to these general benefits, Rochester Homes follows other green building practices:


·         Low e glass, R38 insulation, and an air filtration wrap under all of the siding are used to increase the heating and cooling efficiency of the home.

·         All Rochester Homes wood products are recycled. Their goal is to have no wood from their operations end up in landfill. They recycle wood through their mill department and have also partnered with a mulch company to use wood scraps in landscaping projects.

·         All floor tile and carpet scraps are sold as remnants through a local flooring contractor to reduce waste.

·         All vinyl siding scrap is recycled and made into new vinyl products.

·         Copper wire is recycled and re-used.

·         Low or zero VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and solvents are used in the building process.


To learn more about the Rochester Homes building process and the company’s commitment to green building, visit their website

Why is Green Building Important?

posted Aug 26, 2011, 2:25 PM by Anthony Ruffolo

An overview of why green building matters, and why Project Uplift is making green building a key part of its mission. 

Part of our mission at Project Uplift is to complete a green overhaul of our project headquarters and prepare for a green building movement “in an effort to contribute to the evolution of the neighborhood of Rockford, IL as a model for the expansion of environmental awareness in all communities within our society.” 

So what is green building and why is it so important?

The EPA defines green building as: “...the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building's life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Green building is also known as a sustainable or high performance building.”

How do green buildings help? Again, the EPA has the answer. Green buildings may use sustainable materials in their construction and create healthier indoor environments by reducing the number of toxic chemicals emitted from materials like paint and carpeting. A look at the health effects of just a couple of these substances demonstrates why it is so important to minimize or eliminate their use:

  • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)—found in paint, carpet, upholstery and carpet cleaners, acoustic ceiling tile, caulking, and many other places—can cause many health problems, like fatigue, headaches, drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, joint pain, peripheral numbness or tingling, blurred vision, and skin and eye irritation.  
  • Formaldehyde, found in particleboard and some fabrics, can cause dry or sore throat, nosebleeds, headaches, fatigue, memory and concentration problems, nausea, dizziness, breathlessness, and burning, stinging, and pain in the eyes. 

In addition to improving health, green building has other benefits, as outlined by the EPA: improving occupant productivity, creating markets for green products, and reducing operating costs. (The full list of benefits is available here: (

For all of these reasons, we look forward to following the principles of green building and using our headquarters as an environmental showcase for the community.

Ruffolo Builders Sponsor Spotlight: Superior Walls

posted Aug 26, 2011, 2:23 PM by Anthony Ruffolo

To start our charity new home raffle, we needed a solid foundation on which to build—and we mean that literally. Superior Walls has provided just that through its contribution of precast foundations for our prize home.

Superior Walls was founded in 1981 by Lancaster County, Pennsylvania home builder Mel Zimmerman. After years of research, Mr. Zimmerman successfully developed a precast foundation system designed to eliminate age-old problems of home building while providing a quick and easy way to build better and drier basements.

In early 2003, Superior Walls introduced the new XiTM wall. With added insulation and strength, this improved wall represents the foundation of the future for the building industry.

Not only are Superior Walls’ foundations an exceptional product, they are also an environmentally sensible option. In fact, Superior Walls is the first foundation company to earn the Green Approved Product designation by the NAHB Research Center. Builders choosing to use Superior Walls XiTM and R-5 foundations can earn up to 10 points on a project toward a National Green Building Certification.

Here are some other interesting facts about Superior Walls precast foundations:

  • Superior Walls produces precast insulated panels formed in climate-control setting and delivered to the new home site. Panels are removed with cranes and put in place by factory-certified installation teams.
  • Entire house below-ground foundation usually installs in less than a day.
  • Superior concrete does not react with freeze/thaw cycles and can be used in all climates.
  • Superior Walls products create warm, dry basements that are energy-efficient.
  • Superior Walls can help in the construction of an ENERGY STAR® qualified home. As a custom wall assembly, Superior Walls products contribute to the overall home insulation value and reduce air infiltration into the home, thereby making a huge impact on the overall energy efficiency rating of the home.

Superior Walls makes regular donations of its products to charitable organizations, and Project Uplift is grateful to have them on our team!

Thanks to everyone at Superior Walls for your generous support of our efforts to raise up Rockford!

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