Habitat builds its first energy efficient home PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:24
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(From left) Bob Fisher, George Sting, Alexis Sting, and Christina Fisher stand with Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Jennifer Kephart for the dedication of the Fisher family's new home in Rossford. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
ROSSFORD - Habitat for Humanity of Wood County dedicated its first energy efficient home on Sunday.
The home was built in Rossford over a four-week period by Ridge Stone Residential/Builders and Habitat for Humanity of Wood County, which joined forces to help build a new home in partnership with low-income families seeking affordable housing.
The home, at 219 Bacon St., was the first Habitat for Humanity of Wood County home built to Energy Star 3.0 standards in Northwest Ohio. The home has have various types of insulation that provide a continuous thermal blanket of the home. By achieving the Energy Star 3.0 standards, the homeowner's combined utility bills should not exceed $150 a month. Affordable utility bills and equitable monthly mortgage payments increase the likelihood of low-income families fulfilling the dream of home-ownership.
Habitat's home building program sells the homes to local families at reduced purchase costs, no interest mortgages, and affordable monthly mortgage payments.
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Erica Daily, left, hugs her sister Christina Fisher after an emotional speech during the Habitat for Humanity new home dedication ceremony on Sunday afternoon in Rossford.
On Sunday the new home in Rossford was turned over to the Fisher family who performed its "sweat equity" on construction projects for their home and completing homeownership workshops. Sweat equity refers to the actual hands-on involvement ofpartner families in the construction of their own homes, as well as participation in other Habitat and community activities.
The accelerated build was funded by a Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grant. With the grant support, the Wood County affiliate set out to secure a build location earlier this year.
"We prayed for a miracle to save this build, and Ridge Stone answered the call," said Jennifer Kephart, executive director of Habitat's Wood County affiliate. Ridge Stone volunteered to serve as the general contractor, taking ownership of the build and organizing subcontractors and suppliers.
Anyone wanting more information about the local Habitat for Humanity program may visit www.wchabitat.org or contact the office at 419-353-5430.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 11:28
 

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