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Habitat Earns Prestigious Housing Innovation Award from the US Department of Energy

The US Department of Energy has awarded Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity (Habitat) a 2016 Housing Innovation Award in the Affordable category. The award recognizes the1,100 square foot, 3-bedroom home on Glendale Boulevard in Kalamazoo Habitat completed last spring. Grand Winners in each category will be announced at the 2016 Housing Innovation Awards Ceremony, Wednesday, September 27th at the EEBA Excellence in Building Conference in Dallas, Texas.

“Housing Innovation Award winners such as Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity are leading a major housing industry transformation to zero energy ready homes. This level of performance is the home of the future because it improves the way Americans live by substantially reducing or eliminating utility bills, ensuring engineered comfort way beyond traditional homes, protecting health with a comprehensive package of indoor air quality measures, and helping maximize the largest investment of a lifetime,” said Sam Rashkin, chief architect at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office.

“These winners are leading the movement to Zero Energy Ready Homes that provide better places for Americans to live, stronger communities, and a more economically and environmentally resilient nation,” said Rashkin.

Three other Habitat for Humanity affiliates are winners in the Affordable category: Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region, Traverse City, MI, Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley, Hickory, NC, and Habitat for Humanity South Sarasota County, Venice, FL.

Visit the U.S Department of Energy’s Housing Innovation Award’s website to learn more about the awards and for a complete list of the 2016 Housing Innovation Award Winners
http://energy.gov/eere/buildings/housing-innovation-awards

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