Volunteers helping family
Duplex project part of Habitat for Humanity
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.
Rob Hatton of Home Depot helps build a Habitat for Humanity duplex.