Habitat for Humanity does great things for low-income families by building affordable and attractive homes for those in need. In keep with building trends, they've begun including green features in many of their homes and are now planning a passive house in Vermont.
Habitat's Vermont green build is a far cry from the organization's first green build: see Denver Habitat'sbuild, complete with solar energy, and Habitat NYC's ENERGY STAR compliant and LEED certified building complexes in the Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Green Mountain Habitat's Passive House
Last year, Habitat for Humanity presented preliminary plans for three green houses in Charlotte, VT. In addition to partnering with the Town of Charlotte, they also worked with Efficiency Vermont (a weatherization service), and other businesses and agencies to plan a three-home development on a three-acre parcel in Charlotte, where the first home will incorporate standards set by the Passive House Institute US.
Designed and to be built by Green Mountain Habitat in Vermont, these homes are still in the planning stages but include plans for solar water heaters, triple pane windows, and special insulating techniques to make the homes more energy efficient. This is in addition to the design elements created by the architect, Eric Morrow, to make the house qualify as a passive solar home.
See more at Green Mountain Habitat.
(Images: Green Mountain Habitat)