Last Thursday, D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray presented a 2012 Mayor's Sustainability Award to Habitat for Humanity of Washington, in recognition of the Empowerhouse, the first Passive House in the District. The project is a partnership between Habitat, the D.C. local government, and students from Parsons The New School for Design, The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School, and Stevens Institute of Technology.
"Tonight's winners are dedicated to improving our city's environment, communities, and economy," stated Mayor Gray. "Our ongoing effort to plan for a Sustainable DC for today and generations to come will build on the innovation, determination, and leadership we see among these dedicated members of our community."
Today's highest energy standard, a Passive House consumes up to 90 percent less energy than a typical home. The house, which first debuted at the Solar Decathlon, is now under construction in the Deanwood neighborhood of Washington. When it is completed in Fall 2012, it will be a home for two local families.
"To get something new accomplished, such as building the first passive house in the city, it has taken the talent and energy of people who could cross boundaries and work together in a truly innovative way," said Susanne Slater, President & CEO, Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. "We are hopeful that our work inspires others to emulate sustainable design and construction initiatives."