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Three Energy-Efficient Habitat for Humanity Duplexes Dedicated in Yonkers
Three new Habitat for Humanity duplexes are nearing completion in Yonkers, New York, and were dedicated in late October. The six families that are waiting for their new homes have an extra advantage to look forward to: low energy bills. The walls in the homes are made from structural insulating panels (SIPs) and the foundations are made with insulated concrete forms, both of which provide high levels of insulation while helping to prevent air inleakage. The homes also feature low-e windows and high-efficiency direct-vent boilers, and 1.2-kilowatt solar power systems are being installed on the roofs of each of the three buildings. The project was supported by the Partnership for Advanced Technology in Housing (PATH)?a program of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development?as well as the New York State Energy and Research Development Authority. Steven Winter Associates, Inc. provided technical support. See the project description on the PATH Web site, as well as the press release from Steven Winter Associates (PDF 191 KB). Download Acrobat Reader.
Similar highly efficient Habitat for Humanity homes are being built throughout the country. In Lenoir City, Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authority, DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Joint Institute for Energy and Environment (JIEE) are building five research houses that are expected to have a net annual energy use near zero. Meanwhile, a home built in Westminster, Colorado, with the help of DOE's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) has earned the Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver an Energy Star New Millennium Builder Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The 1,425-square-foot home earned an E-Star rating of 95.9, on a scale of zero to 100. See the JIEE Web site and the NREL press release.