Tag Archives: Habitat for Humanity

Look Inside: Twin Cities Habitat + School of Architecture Net Zero Home

>> Update: January 29, 2014As the family moving into the Net Zero Energy house prepares for life in their new home, KSTP-TV takes a tour with the owner. >> Update: December 20, 2013Last night was the dedication ceremony for the Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity Net Zero Energy home, designed and built in partnership with School of Architecture students and faculty at the University of Minnesota College of Design. The project was made possible, in part, due to the generous support of everyone who contributed to our Gift of Shelter campaign in November and December 2012.  Sarah Olson and Abdi Mohamed are the homebuyers moving into the Net Zero Energy Home. In it, they will be raising their four-year-old twins,…

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The Gift of Shelter: North Side Net-Zero Design Project

[Update] November 26th through December 7th, 2012, we’re raising $10,000 to support our students involved in this project. Donate today: http://z.umn.edu/shelterhhon.In December 2011, we launched a campaign to raise money for the College of Design’s efforts related to housing projects and work our students are doing with Habitat for Humanity. Because of your generosity, we surpassed our $10,000 goal for the the Gift of Shelter campaign.Thanks to your support, a portion of the funds raised are supporting the North Side Net-Zero design project, a collaboration between the College of Design’s Center for Sustainable Research, Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity, and Project for Pride in Living.Students in Arch 4150 and Arch 5550 are working closely with community members and program partners to…

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Students Partner with Architecture for Humanity in Port-au-Prince, Haiti

In the spring of 2011, a group of graduate students from the School of Architecture spent eight weeks in the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince working with Architecture for Humanity, a nonprofit dedicated to building a more sustainable future through professional design. One of their projects included participation in the development of the master plan for Santo, a community located near the epicenter of the January 2010 earthquake. Amanda Pederson developed a digital system of layering graphic information to help filter data, work previously done by physically overlaying sheets of tracing paper. "Her system is now regularly being used by the Haitian planning firm that facilitates interactions with the community," explained Jim Lutz (Architecture) who led the trip. Lutz also…

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Shelter Update

On Monday we launched a campaign to raise money for the college's efforts related to housing and specifically projects that our students are doing with Habitat for Humanity. The money raised will be put to use this school year and we are eager to share with you the impact of your support of this initiative. Our goal of $10,000 by Dec 10, is lofty and aggressive but it is important if we are to pursue some of these unique learning opportunities for our students. Alumni and friends donated over $2,000 in the first two days, so we are making good progress, but we need your support. Give the Gift of Shelter We have students interested in traveling with Habitat…

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College of Design / Habitat for Humanity Zero-Energy Home Dedicated

Late last month, the College of Design's zero energy home (ZEH) with Habitat for Humanity was dedicated in Princeton, Minnesota. Over the last year, two School of Architecture classes ­- a semester-long architecture seminar and a six-week M Arch studio module – researched, designed, refined and developed two complete sets of ZEH construction documents that fit the HfH model of decent, safe, and affordable housing. The newly dedicated Princeton home began construction in June. For more photos from the dedication, please visit our Facebook page. More information on this project can be found on our website at www.design.umn.edu/hfh….

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Help Habitat for Humanity with College of Design house in Princeton, MN

Students from the School of Architecture have partnered with Habitat for Humanity to design and construct the first zero-energy Habitat home in Minnesota. The College of Design will feature their efforts in the Fall 2011 issue of Emerging magazine, but volunteers are currently needed in order to complete construction by October 1, 2011.

Habitat is seeking volunteers knowledgeable in installing siding, but can use extra hands for various tasks. Anyone willing to help can contact executive director Wayne Eller at 763-689-0288.


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Architecture students design Habitat for Humanity Zero Energy Home

College of Design architecture students partnered with engineering students at the College of Science and Engineering to design a prototype Zero Energy Home (ZEH) for Habitat for Humanity of Minnesota.

Two net-zero homes were designed and developed by the students. The first home, coined the Princeton Prefab, will be built the summer of 2011 by Habitat. The shell and structure will be assembled June 21-26, 2011 by volunteers at the International Episcopal Youth Event held at Bethel University. The house will then be moved to Princeton, MN for completion.

The second home, called the Core House, will become a prototype Habitat for Humanity Zero Energy Home. Habitat will be using the Core House design, collaboration process, and results as a case study for sharing with other Habitat affiliates nationwide.

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Integrating sustainability into design (video)

The Center for Sustainable Building Research in the University of Minnesota’s College of Design is helping the upper Midwest build a more environmentally-friendly future through the Solar House students built in 2010 and by consulting companies like Habitat for Humanity about how to build sustainable homes.

To view additional College of Design videos on YouTube go to: http://z.umn.edu/designvideos.

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