Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Habitat for Humanity in Dogtown

Dateline Dogtown: A few weeks ago I wrote about the first home in our area seeking Passive House Certification. It is on the eastern edge of the neighborhood.

Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis is doing a green rehab on the southern end of the neighborhood. Here are some pix from the project which is very much a work in progress:

It is what is often referred to as a 'shotgun' because if front and back door are open simultaneously one could see straight through. This home, however, has had foundation and masonry restoration work done as well as an addition which adds 2 bedrooms to the space.

A deck, attached to the addition with walkout basement is starting to take shape. As seen below, original details will be restored and remain.

out with the old...
new, efficient water distribution system
mastik - sealed ductwork improves efficiency

When this project is complete the new homeowner will have a tidy, compact and super energy efficient home. Details like a white roof, energy star windows, high efficiency hvac systems and more will keep the operating costs of this home affordable and its occupants comfortable.

Congrats to Habitat and Dogtown for having the vision to see this opportunity to provide a hard working family with a chance to buy a decent and affordable home!