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Green Retrofit for Tapestry Youth Ministries By HomeAid Atlanta

HomeAidHomeAid Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that builds and maintains housing for the homeless, in partnership with the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, recently began an energy efficient initiative as part of their Environmental Sustainability Program. This initiative is aimed to help Atlanta nonprofits serving the homeless, by retrofitting their current facilities to make them more capable and energy efficient.

Made possible by a large donation to HomeAid Atlanta’s parent organization, HomeAid America, this green program was launched after receiving an astounding $600,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

This past September Tapestry Youth Ministries, a College Park based nonprofit organization serving homeless teen-mothers and their children, became part of HomeAid Atlanta’s energy efficient initiative. Using Green Day Energy Company, a partner of HomeAid Atlanta, an extensive evaluation and green retrofit was made in the home Tapestry Youth Ministries uses for their base of operation.

HomeAidAtlantaGreen Day Energy made several improvements at the Tapestry home including the addition of low flow faucets and toilets, improving the insulation with upgrades and adding air seals, even the simplest change of energy efficient lighting was done. Overall, Green Day Energy estimates the Tapestry Youth Ministries home could now save almost $9,000 per year in energy costs! That number is staggering for a small nonprofit, but it is also encouraging for nonprofits of all sizes to realize that green building and green retrofitting could be just what your organization needs to reduce energy costs and increase facility capabilities.

For more information about this HomeAid Atlanta Environmental Sustainability Program, please visit the HomeAid Atlanta website.

HomeAid Atlanta Does Green Retrofit on Decatur Homeless Facility

The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association’s official charity, HomeAid Atlanta, is partnering up to help retrofit a Decatur homeless shelter.

HomeAid will work alongside Decatur Cooperative Ministry and WellHome in the project.

The project also has national significance. This particular retrofit is the first undertaking of HomeAid America’s national Environmental Sustainability Program. Funded by a $600,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, the program aims to benefit existing facilities for the homeless by retrofitting and installing energy-efficient upgrades.

Decatur Cooperative Ministry, a nonprofit organization serving homeless families in the Decatur and DeKalb area, operates the home that will undergo the retrofit. DCM and HomeAid’s partnership is a longstanding one as the two are united in their efforts to provide for the temporarily homeless.

To-do items include air sealing, insulating the attic and crawl space, adding a radiant barrier to the roof rafters, tightening ducts, installing energy-efficient lighting and repairing the roof.

General Electric has donated energy-efficient home appliances and lighting that will be installed to make the house greener.

When the retrofit is finished, the home’s energy efficiency will be increase, cutting down on operating costs and utility bills. The modifications from the retrofit are estimated to reduce the home’s energy usage by about 40 percent.

For more information about HomeAid Atlanta or The Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association, visit the organizations online.

WicksteadWorks Named EarthCraft’s Renovator of the Year

The Renovator of the Year award recognizes an EarthCraft renovator who goes above and beyond established measures to decrease energy consumption in an existing home.  Wickstead Works was awarded this prestigious honor for the second year by the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association (GAHBA) and  EarthCraft at the annual Builders Breakfast Awards Ceremony earlier this year.

Developed by the GAHBA through a partnership with Southface Energy Institute, government and industry leaders, EarthCraft is a voluntary green building program that serves as a blueprint for healthy, comfortable homes that reduce utility bills and protect the environment.  Since EarthCraft’s inception in 1999, more than 450 builders have become builder members and more than 7,150 homes in the Southeast region have been certified to EarthCraft standards.

President of Wickstead Works, Frank Wickstead said, “We have remained very active despite the economy and we attribute that success in part to our partnership with the EarthCraft program.”

Each EarthCraft home follows a systems approach to home building that stresses an understanding of how the different components of a home work together.  This approach results in a home that performs better, is more economical for the homeowner and is still comparable in price to a home built with standard construction practices.

Congratulations to  WicksteadWorks on winning the Renovator of the Year Award!