|Sacramento Habitat for Humanity (SHFH) recently gathered for a home dedication ceremony of what is anticipated to be their sixth LEED certified Home!
On Saturday, July 31st, Soua Thao and Sia Lor completed a journey that started in Northern Laos. In the late 1970's, Soua and Sia's families joined thousands of other and fled their homes to live in the refugee camps of Thailand, and resided there until the mid 1990's. Although both Soua and Sia grew up in these camps, they met and married just after graduating high school here in the United States. Their parents' service to the United States armed forces during the Vietnam conflict resulted in their being granted visas to immigrate to our country. Now the American Dream of homeownership will become a reality for Soua, Sia and their four children.
|Each SHFH project is built with a "Green Theme." The focus and green theme for this home is Indoor Air Quality. Marcus Romani of Meline Engineering served as the projects mechanical engineer and indoor air quality consultant. Marcus and the entire project team met early in the design phase and collaborated throughout the entire project. The LEED for Homes checklist requires a whole building approach to Indoor Air Quality including mechanical design, building material selection, and contaminant controls. Meline Engineering specializes in designing sustainable, energy-efficient mechanical systems for commercial, government, public and residential buildings. They are a proud supporter of SHFH. "We believe in efficient, innovative design and strive to work on projects that incorporate our ideals."|
Because of the generosity of donors and volunteers, Sacramento Habitat for Humanity is able to build homes at a lower cost, helping to make the dream of home ownership a reality for people who previously didn't believe they could ever have a place of their own. SHFH requires 500 hours of work, or sweat equity, from every family. Once the home is built, the homeowner makes house payments, pays property taxes, insurance premiums, utilities and maintenance costs just as any homeowner would.