Members of Carrier’s Residential HVAC brand team visited South Bend, Indiana to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s® annual Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project. The team was on-hand to support Carrier’s involvement as it donated dozens of heating and cooling systems for this June 2018 project.
The build took place in St. Joseph County, which is on the Indiana/Michigan border and includes cities like South Bend. Four Winds Custom Heating & Cooling, Michiana Heating & Air Conditioning, and Masters Heating & Cooling, all Carrier® Factory Authorized Dealers, will install the systems donated by Carrier.
The build includes over 20 houses in the same neighborhood. In addition, four net zero homes were built in nearby South Bend. These homes have the net zero designation, which means that they can produce as much renewable energy as they consume over the course of a year. This summer marks the first time Habitat homes in St. Joseph County will achieve this net zero distinction.
Net zero energy home construction is a bold departure from conventional homebuilding. Constructed to be air-tight, the homes are well-insulated, energy efficient, carbon emission-free, and they result in a net zero energy bill. High-efficiency climate controls systems are essential in achieving a net zero home. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the typical American home spends approximately 43 percent of its energy bills on heating and cooling.
“From California to the American South, net zero homes are growing more common, and builders are investing in Carrier high efficiency climate controls systems to drive down energy consumption and improve home comfort,” said Matthew Pine, president, Residential HVAC, Carrier. “We salute Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County for resetting the bar for what homeowners can strive for when building affordable homes that are sustainable from day one.”
Two of the net zero homes will be outfitted with Carrier® Infinity® heat pumps with Greenspeed® intelligence, while the other two will receive an Infinity geothermal and ductless system, respectively. The Infinity systems are Carrier’s most efficient and will provide high-efficiency climate control that’s essential to a net zero home.
Carrier also recently donated 23 conventional, ducted split systems for an entire neighborhood of new construction homes in nearby Mishawaka, Indiana and an additional 15 ductless systems to support critical home improvements for a blend of military veteran and aging-in-place Habitat homeowners across St. Joseph County.
Carrier has supported Habitat affiliates nationwide with more than $3 million in donations and countless employee volunteer hours since 1996.