Habitat and Dow Building Solutions working with college students to retrofit home

| by Teena Hammond
Habitat and Dow Building Solutions working with college students to retrofit home

Dow Building Solutions and Habitat for Humanity are partnering in an energy efficient retrofit conducted by students from South Suburban College's building construction technology program.

The house on Burnham Avenue in Lansing, Ill. was vacant and tested positive for lead. Working together with representatives from the Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs chapter, the student-comprised project team is making the home livable and comfortable.The team is remodeling the home with Dow products to go beyond code, and achieve Energy Star certification.

During the fall of 2011, the first semester of the program, the home was gutted and rebuilt. Currently, the second semester curriculum focuses on drywall, trim, painting and other tasks to get the home ready for a family to move in. The project is scheduled for completion later this month.

South Suburban College offers a program for students to complete all of the work on the home and learn about green building with hands-on experience. The students learn to install high quality and high performance building materials according to manufacturer instructions — ensuring full energy efficiency benefits. The program has been training the next generation of building science and technology professionals, using Dow Building Solutions products, for two decades.

Read more about building a green home.

Topics: Building Green, Energy Star

Companies: Dow Building Solutions

Teena Hammond
Teena Hammond has published more than 2,000 articles in People and W magazines, Women's Wear Daily, and in dozens of newspapers and books. She also wrote a home improvement, remodeling and decor column that ran in Gannett newspapers nationwide. She's interested in all things green and would love to hear from you with your story ideas.

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