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Bob Vila Highlights Innovative Technology in Televised Habitat Build

Bob Vila Highlights Innovative Technology in Televised Habitat Build

November 16, 1998 - With the help of family, friends and volunteers from across the country, Michelle Hayes and her four daughters have built their new home – from start to finish – in one week. And television viewers throughout the country will be able to see how they did it.

During the week-long Habitat build, home building champion and CBS correspondent Bob Vila provided live reports for the CBS News program, This Morning. The build will be featured in its entirety next season as the first 13 shows of Bob Vila’s Home Again’s 10th anniversary season, scheduled to air next fall. Joining the volunteers and the Hayes family were representatives from major sponsors, including Premier Building Systems, Fife, Wash.; APA - The Engineered Wood Association, Tacoma, Wash.; and the Washington, D.C.-based public/private Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH).

The design and construction of the 1,200-square-foot, two-story Habitat house is a showcase of innovative technology and affordable home-building trneds. Florida architect Ed Binkley of the Evans Group submitted the winning plans in a national design competition hosted by residential architect, a Hanley-Wood Inc., publication.

The Hayes home wil be one of the first PATH demonstration projects built since the public/private partnership was announced last spring by President Clinton. PATH seeks to develop and promote the widespread use of new technologies to make homes stronger, safer, more durable, more energy efficient and environmentally friendly. The PATH partnership joins key federal housing agencies and various industry representatives in a productive, house-building relationship.

From the prefabricated, energy-efficient panels and engineered wood framing to the solar energy shingle systems and high-performance glazing, the Habitat house will serve as a model for future building trends.

“By using these proven technologies, our Habitat family is receiving a high-quality, energy-efficient home and viewers will see the future of new home construction,” said Jim Killoran, president of Westchester County Habitat for Humanity. “We are extremely grateful to the various partners for shining a national spotlight on Habitat for Humanity and on our mission to lend a helping hand to those in need of shelter.”