Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. and Dow Build Homes for Local Families this Holiday Season

Dow volunteers began work on Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. (DC Habitat) homes in the Marshall Heights neighborhood of Southeast D.C. today, in partnership with the Alliance to Save Energy, as part of the company’s 2016 commitment to Habitat.

The multi-family townhouse project that Dow employees are helping to build will become home to five local families who spend more than 200 hours building their future homes alongside DC Habitat volunteers. Each house is nearly 1,300 square feet and will include three bedrooms.

Through its partnership with Habitat for Humanity, Dow provides product donations of STYROFOAM TM brand insulation, STYROFOAMTM Brand XPS Insulation, GREAT STUFF™ Insulating Foam Sealants and WEATHERMATETM Weatherization products to Habitat homes in the U.S., helping Habitat homeowners achieve greater energy efficiency in their homes.

“Our commitment to Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build resilient, sustainable communities remains strong through our 34-year-parternship and with every new project being built to help families find a place to call home,” says Tim Lacey, global business director for Dow Building Solutions. “We are proud to work alongside DC Habitat to ensure low-income families have opportunities to benefit from more affordable homeownership in our nation’s capital.”

“We’re thrilled to be here with Dow and Habitat for Humanity to showcase how a home can be built today, with only little added expense, that will save the occupants thousands of dollars over the life of the home,” said Kateri Callahan, president of the Alliance to Save Energy, a Washington-based energy efficiency organization. “Everyone knows about the wonderful work Habitat for Humanity does to build affordable homes, but we sometimes forget that utility bills are a major component of a household budget. They’re the second cost of home ownership behind the mortgage payment. So building efficient homes is critical, and the technologies that Dow is providing today along with smarter efficiency standards put home ownership in the reach of a far greater number of American families.”

Dow engages in a holistic approach with Habitat, contributing not only funds and energy-saving insulation products, but also significant volunteer support. Dow volunteers work on Habitat construction sites, serve as board members for Habitat organizations worldwide, and share their expertise in energy efficiency and conservation to assist Habitat in creating affordable, sustainable housing. Dow’s support aligns with its 2025 Sustainability Goals and its global citizenship mission to help build sustainable communities by providing access to energy-efficient, affordable housing.

In 2016, Dow’s partnership with Habitat for Humanity International includes 36 builds in 19 countries, helping Habitat homeowners achieve strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter. For information on volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, please call Whitney Canon at 202-882-4600 x246.

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DC Habitat believes that everyone deserves a house they want to call home. That's why we work to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the nation's capital by building (and rehabilitating) affordable, energy- and resource-efficient homes for people in need.