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Have any architecture firms out there partnered with their local Habitat affiliate to either help promote affordable housing or build and or donate to Habitat?
I think there is a missed opportunity for this. Partnering with a local affiliate can be done in many ways - helping design low cost housing, helping revitalize the neighborhood or even a team build day Let me know you know of any success stories - or ways that you've connected. I am a board member at a local Habitat affiliate and I'd like to find a way to connect to local architecture firms. I am in the north suburbs of Chicago.Thank you
Hi Dustin, We are working with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County, NC on an innovative mixed-income development here in the Triangle Region of North Carolina: https://weaversgrove.org/. It will include 101 Habitat homes (duplexes and townhouses), 40 market-rate single-family homes, 96 market-rate condominiums, and significant indoor & outdoor community amenities. (We are the architects for the Habitat dwellings and community buildings.) Weavers Grove is gaining some national attention from other affiliates, and I'm sure the Habitat leadership here would love to chat with your local board and share ideas & experiences. Jennifer Player is the executive director - email@example.com. Hope that's helpful; let me know if I can provide any additional information.
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Dustin – thank you for serving as a board member at your local Habitat. We have designed a couple of homes in partnership with Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity. It was rewarding to come together with Habitat to create affordable housing and educate people. I've personally helped on local and national Habitat builds so understand the team building and homeowner participation pieces. I recommend that you reach out to architecture firms who do housing in your area.
Rosemary McMonigal FAIA, LEED AP, CID
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Minneapolis, MN 55413
I'd like to mention, in response to a previous post, that we absolutely focus on durability and the overall cost of ownership for our client families. We are NEVER given a pass by inspectors and have been told by inspectors that we have done great work, though we've also paid for plenty of re-inspections. We consistently receive 3 or 4 stars on our single-family residences in the Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB) program. We often have to modify only a few things (like adding more LED lights) to reach Energy Star certification when certain funding requires it. AEGB is a great program and also allows us to waive permitting fees, leading to more investment in our final product while keeping the sales price affordable. We've done Zero Energy Homes and are planning a new development of Zero Energy Ready Homes now. We are currently in the permitting process for our newest endeavor: a 126-unit multifamily and townhome project in a condo regime. We are using local architects and engineers for design and permitting, and we will still use our volunteer-build model on the townhomes. We are super excited about this project as it moves us into a denser product model.
We still have detached single-family homes, generally on relatively small lots. We finished our first townhome project in 2021 and will do a new 12-unit duplex project this year. Some of these projects are designed and permitted in-house, while the larger projects are usually designed by local architecture firms.
I'm happy to talk with anyone that wants to understand how to better engage with your local affiliate or with Habitat for Humanity International.
Claire Walpole, AIA, LEED AP | Staff Architectcwalpole@ahfh.org | O: 512.472.8788 Ext. 246 | C: 512.638.6301Austin Habitat for Humanity | 500 W Ben White Blvd, Austin, TX 78704
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