Heartland Habitat Partners with el dorado inc on Eco-Friendly Housing Prototype

Heartland Habitat and Kansas City-based architecture firm el dorado inc have partnered to explore sustainable, affordable housing for local families in need. This project will allow Habitat for Humanity to rethink affordable housing and use Heartland Habitat’s eco-friendly prototype home as an example to other Habitat affiliates nationwide.

“The 1% for Habitat Initiative allows Heartland Habitat and el dorado inc to explore affordable, sustainable housing within the context of a national conversation,” said Josh Shelton, Principal at el dorado inc. “This incredible opportunity could not be more timely for America.”

Heartland Habitat and el dorado inc will build a home that exceeds Habitat’s guidelines for design, budget and buildability, while aiming for the lowest environmental and adverse health impact. The prototype designed will feature three bedrooms and two baths, and will maximize the home's response to the environment through natural ventilation principles, recyclable materials, innovative insulation strategies and efficient lighting systems. It will also include a covered front porch, outdoor living room, rainwater collection system and a workshop that opens to a vegetable garden.

The relationship between Heartland Habitat and el dorado inc is part of the 1% for Habitat Initiative, a pilot partnership of Public Architecture and Habitat for Humanity International that matches non-profit organizations with pro bono design services from Public Architecture’s network of nearly 1,000 architecture firms. Heartland Habitat was one of five Habitat affiliates nationwide selected to participate in the program.

The home is scheduled to begin construction in Spring 2012.

Learn more about the 1% for Habitat project by downloading this document.

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