AVON – Habitat for Humanity is currently building a house that will likely be one of the most energy-efficient in Livingston County.
According to Habitat for Humanity of Livingston County and their President, Dan Dimpfl, the 5-bedroom, 2100 sq ft house will not require a conventional furnace and the annual heating bill is predicted to be just over $200.
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“Building a house this tight has many advantages, but also requires proper ventilation,” says Habitat on their website. “We will be using a 95% efficient Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERV) to ventilate without loosing a significant amout of heat in the winter, or cool air in the summer.”
Habitat says that their inspiration for building such energy efficient homes came largely from a couple of homes built by other Habitat affiliates, including some in Alaska. The houses have relatively thick, very well insulated walls, insulation under the slab and in the ceilings, and triple-pane windows.
Habitat says they are shooting for the ‘Passive House’ standard, which means it will be about 10 times tighter than code requires.
“This will be house #16 for us in Livingston County,” said Dimpfl. “Each house that is built is a way for those families to pay it forward to the community. Our houses are volunteer driven, meaning professional and non-professional donors and volunteers will come together to work on and build these homes for families. Over the years, we’ve been able to create $1 million worth of taxable income, allowing us to put that money back into our community.”
Habitat for Humanity’s vision is to eradicate create as much housing for families in need as possible, and are currently working on building multiple homes in Livingston County.