Vol­un­teers help­ing fam­ily

Du­plex project part of Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity

Calgary Herald - Calgary Herald New Condos - - Front Page - KATHY MCCORMICK

It’s an­other ex­am­ple of the com­mu­nity pitch­ing in to help peo­ple in need.

More than two dozen em­ploy­ees of The Home De­pot vol­un­teered 164 hours to help erect half a du­plex for a fam­ily un­der Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity-Cal­gary.

Lo­cated in El­gin Vil­lage in McKen­zie Towne in the south­east, the home is one of 11 that Habi­tat built this year for low-in­come fam­i­lies who would oth­er­wise be un­able to af­ford a new home.

Three more homes are cur­rently un­der constructi­on.

The build was es­pe­cially wel­come be­cause it co­in­cides with the big-box re­tailer’s Sus­tain­able Hous­ing Grant Pro­gram.

The pro­gram has been in place for three years, with more than 35 Habi­tat homes con­structed across the coun­try through The Home De­pot Canada.

The re­cent build­ing day was The Home De­pot’s sec­ond VIP Day in Cal­gary.

The first was in 2007, when it spon­sored a home in Shef­tel Court, a multi-fam­ily com­plex built on land owned by The Home De­pot on 16th Av­enue N.W. (the store is ad­ja­cent to the project and The Home De­pot do­nated the land).

The ini­tia­tive helps fuel Habi­tat’s ex­ist­ing com­mit­ment to build green.

“Since 2004, we have started build­ing us­ing sus­tain­able prac­tices,” says An­drea Hlady, man­ager of fund de­vel­op­ment for Habi­tat Cal­gary.

“For the last two years, we have built with the BuiltGreen pro­gram to platinum lev­els.”

BuiltGreen is a builder ini­tia­tive that is vol­un­tary and com­pre­hen­sive. Brought to Canada through Jay­man MasterBuil­t, the pro­gram com­bines el­e­ments of sev­eral other sus­tain­able pro­grams, such as the fed­eral gov­ern­ment’s R-2000 and Ener-Guide for New Houses ini­tia­tives.

Third-party test­ing is done on all homes, with points awarded to the high­est level of platinum.

The pro­gram also in­cludes wa­ter con­ser­va­tion and re­cy­cling of ma­te­ri­als used in home constructi­on.

Cour­tesy, Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity

Rob Hat­ton of Home De­pot helps build a Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity du­plex.

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