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Project Chronology

Demonstration Site: Habitat for Humanity - New York City

July 2002 - PATH met with HfHnyc staff on scope of potential projects. Brooklyn project already underway.

August 2002 - Approved as Level 1 PATH demonstration; three sites in New York City: Brooklyn, Bronx, and Manhattan. PATH proposes changes to Brooklyn HVAC, insulation, window, lighting, and appliance specifications.

September 2002 - HFHnyc receives proposed co-funding from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) specifically for the ENERGY STAR ® rating. PATH holds in-field two-day training for subcontractors, staff, and volunteers on insulation and air-sealing techniques. Americorps volunteers and HfHnyc staff carry training on to volunteers.

October 2002 - PATH suggests final sizing and specifications for heating and DHW system that includes sealed combustion boiler and indirect domestic hot water storage.

November 2002 - PATH reviewed specifications for Bronx rowhouses for value engineering, energy efficiency, comfort, and durability.

December 2002 - Found lighting supplier in neighborhood that provides New York State ENERGY STAR lighting for Brooklyn rowhouses.

January 2003 - After the Martin Luther King Birthday Weekend Build, tested two nearly complete homes for ENERGY STAR rating. Buildings performed well in blower door tests, better than needed for ENERGY STAR certification. Read the detailed January 2003 update.

February 2003 - PATH sends out a progress report on the Willoughby/Marcus Garvey homes; discussing the results of the ENERGY STAR testing and areas in need of further improvement.

March 2003 - Construction of the Willoughby/Marcus Garvey homes nearing completion.

April 2003 - PATH schedules a meeting with HfHnyc, the general contractor, subcontractor, architect, and engineer on the Bronx site to ensure that buildings will meet ENERGY STAR standards. PATH meets with: the new Director of Construction and Real Estate for HfHnyc, Jeff Murphy; the architect; and the Executive Director of the 150th Street Bronx town home project. Shell is up and basically watertight. Application of brick veneer begins and sewer work is underway. HfH rough frames the first and second floor of many units.

May 2003 - PATH meets with HfHnyc on-site in Brooklyn to perform a blower door test.

July 2003 - PATH makes agreement with Habitat to act as ENERGY STAR Rater/Provider for their Brooklyn Homes. PATH provides detailed analysis of HfH Harlem condos. PATH attends meeting with HfH Board, construction staff, and ultimate homeowners of their ENERGY STAR Model Home in Brooklyn. PATH works with NYSERDA, HfH, and others to put together the open house event on August 9th for the Willoughby/Marcus Garvey Homes.

August 2003 - Dedication of Willoughby/Marcus Garvey Homes held on August 9th. PATH tests homes for ENERGY STAR certification. PATH makes QC visit to Bronx site; many of the technologies and practices, particularly rigid insulation to reduce thermal bridging, have been adopted by HfH-NYC.

September 2003 - On September 6th, the dedication of last 12 of 20 homes is held. PATH tests the remainder of the Brooklyn homes for ENERGY STAR certification on September 8th.

Content updated on 10/30/2003

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