In October HabitatNRV held a Groundbreaking event to celebrate a new and exciting collaboration. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s Build with Strength coalition has partnered with us for our first Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) build. This home will host two families as a duplex. Giles County Technology Center students have also signed on for this project thus solidifying our 9th partnership with the school.
This project is part of an initiative to construct 50 sustainable concrete homes in 50 states in five years set by Habitat for Humanity International and the Build with Strength Coalition. Over 45 homes have been constructed in 27 states since the launch of the initiative in February 2021.
The Giles Technology Center students partnered with HabitatNRV for our 8th build. The home was built at the GTC and successfully moved to Pulaski in August.
Movers loaded the home in 2 large pieces and travelled from Pearisburg to Pulaski to place the home on Henry Ave where volunteers from the T.G. Howard Community Center and students from the Pulaski County Area Technology Center (ATC) will complete construction.
Our second 7 townhome build is currently underway in Floyd! Each homes has three bedrooms, 2.5-bathrooms and all are Earth Craft certified. These homes are being constructed with Thermasteel Insulated Panels which will result in a 30% savings in energy costs for homeowners.
The townhomes, dubbed The Homes on Newtown, are within walking distance of downtown Floyd. Each home will have zero-step entry, and four will be ADA compliant with a bedroom and full bath on the first floor.
Our last 7-unit townhome project, The Homes on Church Street, was awarded Outstanding Rural Housing Development in the state by VHDA. Construction of the Homes on Newtown will exceed energy efficiency of Homes on Church Street.
HabitatNRV & Atmos Energy celebrated Virginia’s FIRST Zero Net Energy (ZNE) build of its kind with Setter Construction and Pulaski County High School Career and Technical Education students during our Groundbreaking Ceremony this past September.
Atmos Energy funded $160,000 to cover all expenses for the home. It includes natural gas for heating, cooking, clothes drying, and water heating. Rooftop solar panels provided by Baseline solar will also be installed. The goal is for this ZNE home to produce as much energy as it uses, if not less.
The ceremony included speakers from partnering organizations along with Jason Ballard, Delegate, District 12, and Dublin Mayor Benny Skeens.