A Leed Gold Community Build

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A Leed Gold Community Build

A Leed Gold Community Build

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Atop of one of Worcester, Massachusetts’ famous seven hills, a veteran’s family is settling in to their new, energy smart home that is expected to save them more than $3,000 annually in utility costs.

“This home is a shining example of what can be done for our community, with the environment in mind,” said Marcy Reed, president of National Grid in Massachusetts, who welcomed Marine Corps veteran Mark Ewings, his wife, Sophie, and their three elementary-age boys at an open house April 1 at 79 Kendig St. Built also to accommodate the Ewings’ children’s special needs, the home was rebuilt by Habitat for Humanity of MetroWest/Greater Worcester after being donated by the College Hill Civic Association.

“Being a veteran is important, but being a dad to three boys with autism … I can’t tell you how much this means,” Mark Ewings said at the open house.

National Grid partnered with Habitat to design and build Habitat’s first house of its type for a veteran: a net-zero home projected to use less than half the energy of other new homes.

Tim Ferment, executive director of Habitat, spoke to the importance of partnerships in building the home, which is outfitted with solar panels donated by SolarFlair. It is LEED gold certified and built using Deep Energy Retrofit construction guidelines.

In addition to donating an energy efficient washer and dryer and carrier heating system, National HabitatHouse-1Grid has helped the Ewings by helping enroll them in the Smart Energy Solutions pilot program, which last year helped 11,000 customers save a total of $1.25 million on their electricity bills. In its second year, the program offers customers opportunities to leverage in-home tools and dynamic pricing plans to save money and reduce strain on the distribution system. Smart Energy Solutions is helping inform the company’s proposal for larger grid modernization plans that have been submitted and are under review by the state Department of Public Utilities.

“By the time the Ewings boys grow up, the whole landscape of our industry will have changed,” Reed said. “It’s my hope that you’ll see a lot more homes like these, and that National Grid continues to be a valuable partner in these efforts.”


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