Charity organization Habitat for Humanity’s new environmentally-friendly house is under construction in the St. Henri neighborhood. The building, being constructed by the organization’s Montreal branch, is the first of its kind in the area. The four-storey building has two three-bedroom apartments. It will be equipped with energy star rated appliances, doors, windows and light fixtures to reduce energy consumption. Besides, there are large trees behind the house which could be considered as a blessing.
The trees will provide shade for the building in the summer, and the leafless branches will allow heat from the sun to provide heat in the winter. Facilities are also made to use waste water and the house’s ventilation system to generate heat for the home.The structure also includes water-saving low-flow showerheads and low-flush toilets.
The design has been conceived by architect and designer Rob Miners, of Montreal’s Studio MMA. The design proves that we can build homes affordably without compromising the protection of environment. The building will house another Montreal family. The family comprising St.Henri residents Abdellatif Aabid and Jamilla Ezzerouali and their two children, will become the ninth family to be provided with a home by Habitat for Humanity.
The organization will hand the keys over to its new owners at a special ceremony on Saturday. The organization hopes that the house will be get a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver designation after a third-party audit is done in a few months.
(Via The Gazette)