New York Dedicates Energy-Efficient Habitat Duplexes

December 03, 2003

Photo of volunteers erecting a wall on the Habitat for Humanity home

Volunteers erect a wall for the Habitat for Humanity home in Westminster, Colorado, in 2002. The home was recently recognized for its high energy efficiency after undergoing a home energy rating in 2003.
Credit: Paul Norton

Habitat for Humanity dedicated three duplexes in Yonkers, New York, on October 23. The six families who are waiting for their new homes can look forward to an extra advantage: low energy bills. The walls are made from structural insulating panels and the foundations with insulated concrete forms. Both provide high levels of insulation and help prevent air leakage. The homes also feature low-e windows and high-efficiency direct-vent boilers. A 1.2- kilowatt (kW) solar power system is being installed on the roof of each building.

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 (NYSERDA). Steven Winter Associates, Inc. provided technical support. See the Steven Winter Associates' November 7 press release (PDF 191 KB).

See also PATH's project description.

Similar energy-efficient Habitat for Humanity homes are being built throughout the country. The Tennessee Valley Authority, DOE's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Joint Institute for Energy and Environment (JIEE) are building five research houses in Lenoir City, Tennessee, that are expected to have a net annual energy use near zero. See JIEE's online project description.

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 0 to 100. For more information, see NREL's October 21 press release.

Source: November 11 issue of EERE Network News.