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Field Evaluation: Arundel Habitat for Humanity, “The Houses The Senate Built”

Final Report Summary

Final Report (PDF) October 2003

The NAHB Research Center teamed with a local Habitat for Humanity affiliate, Arundel Habitat, and numerous industry leaders and benefactors, including PATH, the Hanley Foundation, and Freddie Mac, in the planning and construction of a duplex building in Annapolis, Maryland. The Clay Street project, located in the heart of Maryland’s capital city, reflects Habitat for Humanity International’s (HFHI) Environmental Initiative to promote energy-efficient, environmentally friendly construction that encourages good stewardship of natural resources and reduces the environmental impact of housing construction.

PATH technologies that were incorporated into the project include: blower door and duct blaster testing for building performance, fiber-cement siding, insulating concrete forms, and engineered wood. The HVAC air handler and ducts were designed to be located within conditioned space. Energy-saving compact lighting and ENERGY STARĀ® rated appliances were also part of the package.

The project is part of “The Houses The Senate Built”, phase two of the Congressional Builds program, involving members of the U.S. Senate and Habitat for Humanity International. U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD) acted as honorary chairperson for the project, and raised the first wall in July 2002. The duplex was completed in June 2003. A Summary Report is being completed for submission to HUD.

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