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Wednesday, June 19, 2013 12:03 AM

BY NANCY SPENCER

Herald Editor

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DELPHOS — Delphos’ seventh Habitat for Humanity home is underway at the corner of Tenth and Washington streets. Beining Contractors placed the footer forms earlier this week and poured the concrete for the home’s foundation on Tuesday.

Habitat Construction Manager Roger Calvert said the structure will be the first Energy Star Habitat home in Delphos.

“This home will be as energy efficient as possible,” Calvert said Tuesday. “We will create and air-tight ‘envelope’ with the insulation and caulking of a duct work. The home will meet better standards from the studs up.”

Calvert said the home will keep cool air in the summer and warm in the winter.

“When you seal the ducts and insulate right, you tell the air where to go instead of it following the path of least resistance,” he added.

Calvert said the lighting and appliances will also meet Energy Star requirements.

A third party will come in do testing on the duct work, insulation and other items before the home receives the Energy Star seal of approval.

The home will be owned by Thomas Stanton Sr., his long-time partner Melanie Young and their three children: Thomas Jr., 6, Leanne, 5, and Samantha, 3.

“We are just beyond excited,” Young said as she watched workers pour the footers on Tuesday. “This is a dream come true.”

Thomas Jr., who was with his mother, could hardly contain himself.

“How much grass there is in the world is how excited I am,” the 6-year-old said.

Young said all the children are ready to have their own bedrooms and a yard to play in.

“Right now, all we have is concrete so the kids are ready to have some grass,” she said.

Ron Beining, who volunteers his workers and equipment for community projects, was impressed with the lot for the home as well.

“This is the nicest lot I’ve ever seen for a Habitat home,” he said. “This is going be a really nice property when it’s completed.”

The 26-by-60-foot home will include four bedrooms, a bathroom and an open kitchen, dining room, living room area.

The home is expected to be completed in October.

A family selected for Habitat home ownership must contribute a minimum of 350 hours of “sweat equity.” “Sweat equity” refers to the actual hands-on involvement of homeowners in the work necessary to achieve the goal of eliminating substandard housing. It is the homeowner’s physical investment in Habitats’ work. Sweat equity can be earned by working on committees, attending workshops, and by helping to build a Habitat home, including their own.

A Habitat home can not be bought until 350 hours of sweat equity have been completed.

 

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