Empowerhouse: New Model for Green, Affordable Housing, Now Open in D.C.

Solar Decathlon Team, Habitat for Humanity and D.C. Goverment have completed Empowerhouse, an innovative model for affordable, energy efficient green housing located in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington. Empowerhouse is the first Passive House-the leading international energy standard-in the District of Columbia, and already a recipient of a Mayor’s Sustainability Award. Each unit of the two-family house is designed as a “site net-zero” system (producing all of its energy needs), but each achieves peak efficiency when joined. “Because the passive house design can reduce a home’s total energy consumption by 80-90 percent, the owners of the Empowerhouse units will enjoy substantially lower energy costs throughout the lifetime of their homes,” said Susanne Slater, President and CEO of DC Habitat.

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