30 x 2020: Affordable, Energy Efficient Homes

In an ambitious campaign to meet heightened demand for affordable housing, Columbia County Habitat’s goal is to build 12 homes in the next five years to reach a total of 30 homes by 2020. To date, Habitat has built 18 homes –– single-family houses in Chatham, Copake and Valatie and 15 houses in Hudson.

Habitat’s overarching goal is to build new homes to the highest energy conservation standards, to make them, along with affordable mortgages, even more sustainable for partner families.

Called passive construction, it uses site placement, super insulation, special windows and doors and unique air exchangers that reduce heating bills by 90%. Overall energy costs are 70% lower. These savings can be redirected to other basic family needs:  child care, health insurance, medicine, transportation or education.