200 Homes, One Week: Builders Get Blitzed

200 Homes, One Week: Builders Get Blitzed

 

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It’s well known that Habitat for Humanity offers affordable homes to families in need. But did you also know some of these homes contain the latest in “green” technology to help these folks afford to live in them for years to come?

That home technology is used every June when the organization ramps up its efforts to construct almost 200 homes in less than a week. In just five days, 128 new homes were built and another 71 were renovated across the U.S. during the 2015 Home Builders Blitz. Fifty-five affiliates in 26 states recruited more than 50 builders for this endeavor, which takes about a year to plan.

“This definitely exceeded our goals,” says Mike Welch, senior specialist for construction technologies at Habitat for Humanity.

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E2 Homes kicked off the 2015 Builders Blitz in Sanford, Fla.
E2 Homes kicks off the 2015 Builders Blitz in Sanford, Fla.

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Kick-Off Event

One of those homebuilders was E2 Homes, which helped kick off this year’s event in Sanford, Fla. Owner Rob Smith first volunteered with Habitat for Humanity as a teenager. Professionally, he got involved about three years ago as a green building consultant for Habitat.

At first, the small custom builder out of Maitland, Fla. was concerned about the industrious task of participating in last year’s Blitz.

“I talked about it with my wife and we decided it was a good thing,” Smith says. “In some ways it’s also a professional challenge.”

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About The Author

Kelly Mello is a TecHome Builder Staff Writer, creating timely, investigative articles for its eMagazine and Special Reports. She graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in English: Communications & Rhetoric. She began her writing career in 2007 as editorial assistant for GateHouse Media. From 2010 to 2013, she was local editor for various Patch sites, including Norton.Patch.com.

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