Sunday, December 26, 2010

Habitat Building Green

Habitat building green in High Springs

26 December 2010 - Engineer Mary Alfred oversees Women Build volunteers as they work with Harold Black to wrap the exterior walls to minimize air getting in or out.
It’s 8:30 on a Saturday morning, and it’s 50-something degrees outside. The overcast sky and icy drizzle make it feel more like 40, but already the women are hard at work. Pounding, sawing, caulking, hacking…

A dozen or so of them, volunteers from Alachua County’s Habitat for Humanity Women Build program, are at this construction site to work on the organization’s first LEED-certified home in the county.

It’s situated on a small lot in the Douglass neighborhood, in the southeast corner of High Springs. The women have been coming here every Saturday morning since the beginning of November. By now, the project is starting to look like a house.

On Dec. 18, a team of electricians joined the women despite the rain to start installing wiring. Usually, there’s only one man on-site — supervisor Larry Bagnall.

He estimates the house will be finished some time in April. {continued}

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