In this video: Pete and Megan talk to Habitat for Humanity to learn more about the program and how they help people become homeowners.

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An energy-smart builder will help you make the right choices for your family and lifestyle.

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Trombe wall

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Choosing energy-smart products

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Turning a barn into an energy-smart home

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Insulated concrete forms

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An insulated concrete form (ICF) system eliminates the cold drafts typical of wood-frame construction.

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Aging in place

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Using universal design principals, your home can adapt to your changing lifestyle needs.

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