Monday, November 29, 2021

Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa dedicates low carbon home

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The home was a partnership between Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, the National Ready Mix Concrete Association and Habitat

Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa dedicated its 91st home since the April 27, 2011, on Wednesday. This home, built for the Davis family, is also the third home built under the organization’s Operation Transformation Job Training Initiative.

The initiative trains students learning construction at the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy and young nonviolent offenders returning from incarceration.

Habitat Tuscaloosa Executive Director Ellen Potts said this opportunity for job training is important for students looking for a career.

We recently purchased 40 lots in West Tuscaloosa, and those are all near the Tuscaloosa Career and Technology Academy, Potts said.

Wednesday, Lorraine Davis was handed the key to her brand-new home after fulfilling her 250 hours of sweat equity, working on her new home and the homes of others as well.

We have to work on other people’s houses too before we work on ours, Davis said. We have to get so many hours on their house and then before the end of those hours, we start working on our houses.

The home was constructed using an eco-friendly low-carbon concrete block frame and features a tornado-safe room.

The home was a partnership between Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, the National Ready Mix Concrete Association and Habitat.

MBUSI sponsored the home and provided most of the volunteer labour from its Vance plant.

Marc Tyson, president of Ready Mix USA, a CEMEX company, and Rahul Shendure, CEO of CarbonBuilt, both said they were thrilled to help contribute to the concrete construction.

Concrete homes provide added protection during natural disasters, especially in this area where storms are frequent, and we’re proud to be part of this project that can serve as an example of strength and sustainability for other homes in the region, Tyson said.

Shendure said the home will serve as an example for the housing industry to follow.


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