How Energy-Efficient Homes Can Fight Poverty

Most Americans have access to our power grid, but not everyone can afford to use it. With 48 million Americans living below the poverty line, many are faced with the difficult decision of heating their home or eating. 

Dan Hines, senior construction supervisor for Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C., explains why building to the passive house standard can help fight energy poverty. With funding from the Great Energy Challenge, DC Habitat built six passive row homes for low-income families. 

A passive house is built like a thermos—it’s super insulated and airtight. This revolutionary building technology ensures that monthly energy bills remain low—regardless of the season—and empowers these new homeowners to create a more sustainable lifestyle.