Goodwill & Habitat for Humanity ReHouse Project

We at Charlotte Comfort Systems have the great honor of being selected as the Heating/Air Conditioning Contractor for an impactful project that is happening in a depressed Charlotte neighborhood; the home at 2420 Barry Street was in very bad condition and needed a new owner and some serious upgrading. The home was donated by the City of Charlotte to be an example of how to turn a local vacant home into a model of energy efficiency for affordable housing in our region. Aptly named the Goodwill/Habitat ReHouse, the effort will rehabilitate, remake, repurpose and repopulate a foreclosed home for a future Habitat for Humanity family

The home, located at 2420 Barry Street in Charlotte’s Villa Heights community, will be completely up-fitted, led by Goodwill Construction Services. Renovation highlights include a complete outfitting of Energy Star-rated products and materials, including ultra-high efficiency Lennox Heating/Cooling products, special roofing, siding, low-flow water fixtures, compact fluorescent lighting and drought-resistant landscaping. These features will greatly reduce the annual cost of ownership by dramatically lowering maintenance and utility costs. As presenting sponsor, Lowe’s Companies will supply building materials for the project.

The house was donated primarily for use as an education tool to showcase energy efficiency techniques that are available in the marketplace. This partnership would like to advertise the methods and products available to consumers to help them ultimately save money and reduce energy waste.

Goodwill Industries is also using this project as a training tool. One of the goals of Goodwill Industries is to assist people in job training and prepare them for careers. Goodwill is using this opportunity to train job seekers in construction contracting. The trainees will learn green technology from the ground up, giving them an advantage in the marketplace by training them on current technologies available in construction.

Volunteers went door to door and passed out 30 energy efficiency informational kits to neighboring homes. The kits contained donated products that included: low flow shower heads, rain gauges, CFLs, window shrink kits, water conservation information and more.

This project may be replicated in cities across America, what a great way for civic minded companies to give back to their communities and turn foreclosed homes in depressed areas into a beacon of hope for their neighborhood. We are honored to have been included in this project and extremely satisfied with the end result, this home is beautiful now; energy efficient and soon will be host to a deserving family.

Construction began November 1, 2011, and the home is scheduled to be completely renovated by mid-February, 2012.