Habitat for Humanity of Nassau County will be building energy-efficient homes on Long Island based on a new design by a Long Island architect.
Spector Group, an architecture firm with an office in Woodbury, recently partnered with the nonprofit to create a new energy-efficient and affordable design for future homes. The firm held a company-wide contest and, with the help of a panel of judges that included Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, selected a design by architect Kate Mulry.
Called Habitat Haus, the small three-bedroom home was designed to maximize daylight and energy use, with features including solar panels, a rainwater collection and filtration system and a thermal mass wall that captures and stores solar heat gain.
The first home with this design will be built in Roosevelt later this year, says Michael Pfeiffer, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Nassau County. The organization gives selected families an interest-free mortgage with no down payment. In return, the families are required to assist volunteers with the home's construction.