Green Building

Massachusetts youth build eco-friendly home

Thu, 08/25/2011 - 09:34

A family in Fall River, Massachusetts, will receive a brand new eco-friendly home thanks to the time and effort of local children who participated in the YouthBuild Fall River program that helps area families find housing, according to the Fall River Herald News.

The Community Housing Resource Board helped the kids unveil the 1,024-square-foot three-bedroom single-family house in the central part of the city. Green technology was used in many parts of the house in order to make the property as eco-friendly and sustainable as possible, reported the news source.

"This is a hand up, not a hand out," Joe Rodrigues, executive director of the Community Housing Resource Board, told the News Herald. "This is a great opportunity to become a homeowner."

The house was constructed using green technology like a radiant heating system that is warmed by the solar panels that are on the roof of the property, keeping the future residents warm during the cold New England winter months, according to the news source.

Radiant heating systems can also help residents by providing a more uniform heat than traditional forced air systems. There is only a two to three degree difference between the floor and ceiling, compared with temperatures that are more than 10 degrees apart in older models.