Washington, D.C., Habitat for Humanity Uses 8 Inches of Polyiso on Roof

Six passive townhomes that are part of Habitat for Humanity’s Ivy City community of Northeast Washington are including 8 inches of polyiso insulation on the roof. These passive townhouses are designed to reduce overall energy consumption by 70 percent and heating and cooling demand by 80 to 90 percent.

The six townhouses are being built to meet the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Passive House specifications. Founded in 2007, PHIUS is the leading certifier of passive buildings.

“The Ivy City townhouses show the role high-performance insulation plays in the built environment, particularly when it comes to designing homes that are more affordable to operate,” said Jared Blum, president of the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association (PIMA). “We are proud to be involved with this Habitat for Humanity project that will provide much needed affordable housing in the nation?s capital.”

PIMA member companies—Atlas Roofing, Firestone Building Products, GAF, Hunter Panels, JM, and R-max—donated the polyiso for this project in celebration of the association’s 25th anniversary.

“The passive house model embodies Habitat for Humanity’s vision that all people deserve safe, comfortable, affordable and sustainable housing, and the polyiso insulation contributes to that vision,” said Andrew Modley, production manager, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. “Passive housing will provide our homeowner families with an ability to consume significantly less energy overall by using passive integrated design, climate appropriate insulation, and airtight construction. These benefits will not only save the homeowners money, but will empower them to create a more sustainable lifestyle.”

Garland Raises Money for Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity

­The Garland Co. Inc. raised more than $54,000 to support the Greater Cleveland Habitat for Humanity in its effort to provide safe, affordable housing to local families in need.

The approximately 100 employees at Garland¹s headquarters on East 91st Street in Cleveland dedicated the week of May 27-May 30 to raising money in support of Habitat through various fund-raising activities. Meanwhile, Garland’s sales representatives, who are located across the U.S., Canada and the UK, joined in the cause, sending in donations throughout the week.

At the end of the week, funds raised totaled just over $27,000. Inspired by the incredible generosity of its employees, Garland’s Board of Directors announced that the company would match the amount raised, brining the total to $54,173.

“Garland’s generosity of funding and employee time is extremely meaningful. Here is a company that is making a significant investment in its own neighborhood and providing affordable home ownership opportunities for families ready to fulfill that dream,” said John Habat, executive director of Cleveland Habitat. “Garland’s Spirit Week is a tremendous example of corporate philanthropy in action.”

David Sokol, president of Garland Industries, added, “As I watched the employees at our corporate office dig deep in their hearts and pockets to give so generously to a family in need who they didn¹t even know, I felt an extreme sense of pride. Our employees truly value the importance of giving back and continue to demonstrate that year after year.”

In addition to the financial contributions provided by Garland, its corporate employees will be volunteering throughout the summer to rehabilitate a Habitat partner home in Cleveland’s Fairfax neighborhood.