Green Florida students show how to build energy efficient homes
A group of vanguard students from Atlantic Community High School's Eagle's Nest Construction Academy designed and built a green, energy efficient home to show that building green is within reach for everyone. Taking around three years to complete with the involvement of 120, the energy efficient home was formally opened on April 10 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
According to an article in the Sun Sentinel, the project was completed thanks to a partnership with city, local businesses and agencies which allowed the school to secure support and donations for state-of-the-art green materials including Icynene spray foam insulation.
The house features walls constructed of insulated concrete forms ideal for hurricane resistance as well as Icynene spray foam insulation in the roof interior. The inclusion of the spray foam insulation will help reduce costs pertaining to cooling. Plus, the inclusion of impact glass windows eliminates the need for hurricane shutters. The source says that the home is stocked with Energy Star certified appliances and designed to keep monthly energy costs down and that it will be sold to a low-income family through an application process organized by Delray Beach Community Land Trust.
This green initiative is an excellent avenue for learning and determining career paths for the students. The students are empowered by acquiring hands-on experience and practice as well as offers them a sense of accomplishment that they can be proud of in years to come. This home is the second home the students have designed and built. Plans are already underway for the next home.