Habitat to build energy efficient site PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Wednesday, 31 October 2012 11:43
File Photo: Bacon Street in Rossford where Habitat for Humanity is preparing to start building an energy efficient home. (Photo: J.D. Pooley/Sentinel-Tribune)
ROSSFORD — Habitat for Humanity of Wood County is preparing to start building an energy efficient home in Rossford.
During the next four weeks, Ridge Stone Residential/Builders and Habitat for Humanity of Wood County Ohio are joining forces to help build a new home in partnership with low-income families seeking affordable housing.
Ridge Stone and Habitat are inviting the public to come witness the “raising of the walls” on Friday, starting between 8 and 10 a.m., at the build site located at 219 Bacon St., Rossford.  
This will be the first Habitat for Humanity of Wood County home built to Energy Star 3.0 standards in Northwest Ohio. The home will have various types of insulation that provide a continuous thermal blanket of the home. Examples of Energy Star 3.0 applications include Dow insulation panels lining the foundation, Owens Corning insulation that exceeds code requirements, and Whirlpool Energy Star qualified appliances.
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.
The Fisher Family has been selected to receive the Rossford home, which will be the 31st Habitat home built in Wood County. The Fisher Family is working on construction projects for their home and completing homeownership workshops to acquire their target hours of “sweat equity.” Sweat equity refers to the actual hands-on involvement of partner families in the construction of their own homes, as well as participation in other Habitat and community activities.
Ridge Stone, Habitat and the Fisher Family will be racing against the clock to construct the energy efficient home in order for the family to move in before Christmas. The build schedule is accelerated from a normal Habitat house project. Typically, a Habitat house is built by a majority of volunteers and the pace of construction is slower. The Wood County affiliate construction process ranges between 90 days to 120 days. During this accelerated build, the majority of construction will be left to the pros of Ridge Stone and their teams of sub-contractors.
The accelerated build is funded by a Neighborhood Stabilization Program Grant. With NSP1 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.
For more information, visit www.wchabitat.org or contact the office at 419-353-5430.

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