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Walls Go Up on Habitat for Humanity's Newest Green Home

Photos and Article by Charlie McKee

On Jan. 14 and 15, 2013, Habitat for Humanity volunteers raised the walls of the newest Habitat for Humanity green home at Vistas de Plata, much like the barn raisings of yesteryear.  In two short days during which the temperature never got above freezing, the Habitat volunteers and construction experts erected pre-fabricated wall panels, called Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), to complete the walls of the new home.

Habitat for Humanity's Construction Manager, Michele Dwyer, said that she had been waiting for this exciting day for a long time and that the SIPs panels allowed unprecedented speed in construction of the walls of the new home.  In addition, the panels contain pre-installed thick foam core insulation made of green materials that provide outstanding R-Value ratings for energy efficiency.

Richard Hernandez, who is the future homeowner of this Habitat for Humanity green home, worked alongside the other volunteers and watched as his home took shape.

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