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NREL Helps Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver Build Earth-Smart House

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Golden, Colo., April 14, 1997 -- The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) Exemplary Buildings team helped Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver design a low energy passive solar Earth-Smart house that debuts next week in downtown Denver. Media are invited to attend the dedication ceremony on Earth Day, April 22 at 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

The house will be open to the public April 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Individuals interested in energy smart home design are encouraged to attend the open house. NREL staff will be present to discuss the low energy building technologies. The house is located at 2555 Franklin St. across from Manual High School in northeast Denver.

Other organizations involved in the project include CH2M HILL, The Home Depot, Public Service Co. of Colo., Energy Rated Homes of Colo., Dynamic Energy Group, Inc., Eco-Products of Boulder and the Rocky Mountain Institute of Snowmass, Colo.

The house integrates low energy building strategies and techniques into low-income housing and will serve as a model for future projects. Its energy efficient features include a sun-tempered design, low-emissivity windows, engineered overhangs which shade the house during the summer but allow heat to enter in winter, white roof shingles to decrease heat absorption, a high efficiency furnace system, an insulation efficiency rating of R-21, compact fluorescent lights, a setback thermostat and a solar hot water system.

The home also incorporates environmentally friendly features such as a recycled plastic deck, non-toxic interior paint and carpet made of recycled materials. Non-toxic paint and recycled carpet emit fewer noxious fumes that degrade indoor air quality.

For more information on Earth-Smart home design or to find a habitat affiliate near you, contact Habitat for Humanity International at (800) - HABITAT.


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