The United States Department of Energy has selected Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley as one of the winners of the 2019 Housing Innovation Award winners! This award was presented for Habitat’s work in building Zero-Energy Ready affordable housing and marks the fourth straight year that Habitat Catawba Valley has received this honor.
Zero Energy Ready homes have been a priority for Habitat Catawba Valley for years: back in 2016, two Habitat Catawba homes were certified Zero Energy Ready, the first two homes in the state of North Carolina to achieve the certification. Being certified as Zero Energy Ready means that these homes are highly energy efficient and can have all or most of their energy use “offset” by a renewable energy system, like solar power. This is achieved in part due to strong insulation systems, which help to increase energy efficiency while preventing heat transfer.
Homeownership is a crucial foundation for helping low-income families find a path out of poverty. When they move out of substandard housing and into simple, decent, affordable homes, homeowners and their families frequently improve their health, educational attainment, safety and personal wealth.
"A quality home is more than just a roof and walls," said Renée Glover, chair of Habitat for Humanity International's Board of Directors. "It provides homeowners with feelings of stability and pride, as well as generating measurable results such as decreased doctor visits and increased high school graduation rates."
Quality housing is a critical factor in building a future for Catawba County that is economically vibrant for years to come. And your voice matters! Therefore, we are proud to announce that Habitat Catawba Valley has teamed up with the Catawba County Chamber, Catawba County EDC, and the Catawba Valley Association of Realtors to create a county-wide housing survey.
We are seeking the input of BOTH Catawba County employers AND local employees to better understand the following:
Current status and perceptions of your business and employees as it pertains to the recruitment and retention of talent
The effect of the Catawba County housing market on the recruitment & retention of talent
Decision-making factors that contribute to local employees choosing to live in or outside of Catawba County
Habitat took home North Carolina’s top honor for excellence in affordable housing!
Habitat Catawba Valley was honored with the 2018 Housing North Carolina Award for our groundbreaking mixed-income Northstone neighborhood. Presented by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency during this fall's NC Affordable Housing Conference, the award recognizes projects that exemplify what affordable living looks like across all categories of housing, including home ownership developments, apartments for seniors and families, and permanent supportive housing for adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
A local home built by Habitat Catawba Valley was featured as the "Home of the Month" by the U.S. Department of Energy's Zero Energy Ready Home (ZERH) Program earlier this month.
Habitat's "Julia II" is a 1,240 square-foot, one level, three bedroom, two bathroom home located in the Northstone subdivision in Hickory, NC. After its completion in 2018, the home earned the U.S. DOE Zero Energy Ready Home Housing Innovation Award. The home is calculated to save $1,100 on utilities annually in comparison to typical new homes, and $49,000 in the first 30 years.
“Habitat for Humanity of Catawba Valley takes great pride in building high-performance homes that are not only affordable to purchase, but also affordable to operate and maintain. We believe that affordability and sustainability go hand-in-hand.” - Derek Ross, Habitat Catawba Valley Construction Supervisor