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Habitat unveils energy efficient homes

Charlotte, Vermont — “A first in the nation for Habitat for Humanity Sunday and it happened right here in Vermont. Dozens turned out in Charlotte as two new homes on Greenbush Road were dedicated and prepared for new families to move in. But these homes are the first ever passive homes for the nationwide organization. That means they meet extremely stringent energy efficiency standards. More than 800 volunteers spent the last year building the homes, installing special insulation, sheathing, roofing and other technologies to make the homes as air tight as possible. The two new homeowners are expected to reap significant benefits. “The idea from the very start was to make these houses super energy efficient if you will — so that these families spend less of their income on utilities and energy. These families, perhaps more than most low income families, have less disposable income, so it’s more important to them — those type of families,” said David Mullins with Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity. Mullins says all future Habitat homes will now be built to meet the passive home standards.” More information: Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity

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