Wiregrass Habitat Goes "Green"

By: Ryan Rodig Email
By: Ryan Rodig Email

Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity and some members of the medical community are teaming up to provide a unique house to an area woman.

Weather conditions may have prevented the Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity and members of the medical community from breaking ground Wednesday but rain could not wash away Maria Arcurgi’s excitement because she's receiving a groundbreaking new home.

"I am so happy today. I am so happy for the Habitat for Humanity to be here and help me. If it wasn't for them I wouldn't have this beautiful home I am going to get," said Maria.

But Maria is also getting help from members of the medical community for what is being called a doctor's build.

And what makes her future home special is that it will be the first green house wiregrass habitat is building.

"As a physician I am really excited because it's going to be clean air, using recycled materials. There's going to be less humidity in the house so less mold issues and problems," said Dr. Traci Hackett with Wiregrass Family Practice.

The house will also feature energy efficient appliances, and low voc paints and adhesives with the end goal being a healthy environment and homeowner.

Not only are local sponsors donating their money but they are also donating their time and their labor to build this house.

"We are going to organize a work day so that folks can come out and work on the house. Of course hopefully they will go out and work on it other times too," said Dr. Skip Chitwood, Southern Bone and Joint Specialists.

"We are ready to get dirty. We want to get dirty and build this house so every time we drive by we can say hey we helped build that house for her," said Lisa Williams.

Even though Maria couldn’t break ground just yet, she knows she is just months away from living in a very special home.

"I'm happy that I am going to have the first green house here in Dothan. yes, I am so happy for that," said Maria

Habitat and people in the medical field have wanted to take on this project for awhile. They hope to start building in September.

They say eliminating moisture, carbon monoxide and radon hazards will prevent a range of symptoms and help build healthy lives.

Officials say they have a little more than half the money needed to build Maria’s home.

If you would like to become a sponsor call Wiregrass Habitat for Humanity at 792-8453 or you can also visit wiregrasshabitat.com

Six Things Wiregrass Habitat is Planning for Building a "Greener" House
1. Properly orienting the house to the sun.
2. Properly insulating the house.
3. Use local building lumber materials
4. Use energy efficient appliances
5. Use materials that come from recycled sources
6. Using low "VOC" (Volatile Organic Compound) paints and adhesives.

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