Ridgeview supports Habitat for Humanity to go green

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Habitat for Humanity has long been known for its work on behalf of affordable housing. Now, two of the Southeastern New Hampshire chapter’s projects are adding their own, green twist.
Southeastern New Hampshire Habitat is currently completing construction of a two-family duplex on Silver Street in Rochester. Along the way, they were aided by Shane Carter and Ridgeview Construction, a company known for its environmentally-friendly methods and approaches to home building.

The Deerfield-based Ridgeview helped with much of the site work, excavation and foundation and is poised to help with the frame. The end result? The two most recent Habitat homes will end up with EnergyStar certification. Both Ridgeview and Habitat’s ReStore – a repurposing outlet boasting everything from paint to plywood to furniture, located in Dover –  are longstanding members of Green Alliance, through which Southeastern Habitat President Tom Boisvert and Shane Carter met.

“Shane and I had talked a few times about working together on a Habitat house,” said Tom Boisvert. “He always wanted to help with a project, and when that opportunity finally came, he jumped at it.”

Long before any official partnership was formed, Carter would often donate materials and supplies leftover from renovation jobs to the ReStore, all of whose profits go directly to Habitat for Humanity.

As with their ReStore donations, Carter believed offering up his company’s time, effort and materials was simply the right thing to do.

“It’s just a part of our company culture and belief system to give back and serve the greater good,” said Carter, whose company recently won the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire’s Bronze Cornerstone Award for New Green Construction. “Two things we strive to do are to build homes that help the environment, and to give back to the community.”

“We look at it as, each house that sells means more cash for Habitat, and therefore more homes for people who need them,” he said.

Ridgeview will also be involved – this time from start to finish – on Habitat’s next house, a single family home in Rochester slated to be started within the next month. After that? According to Carter, the sky’s the limit for the new partnership.

“I really hope we continue doing this well into the future,” Carter exclaimed. “Tom and the rest of the crew at Habitat have done a phenomenal job, and we’re proud to be a part of that in any way we can.”

To date, the Habitat’s Southeast New Hampshire chapter has helped build 20 affordable homes for families in the area. Going forward, Boivert hopes they can eventually succeed in constructing three to five of the homes a year.

Boisvert, who like Carter worked for years in the construction and development industries, echoes Carter’s enthusiasm.

“Having a company like Ridgeview who really know what they’re doing and build with quality and efficiency in mind really helps make these houses something special,” said Boisvert. “We really feel like we’re giving these family’s something that’s a cut above.”

Next week, Boisvert and Habitat will be donating their time to the United Way’s Day of Caring, held every year in locations throughout the country.

For more info on the Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity go to www.senhhabitat.org

For more info on Green Alliance, visit www.greenalliance.biz

This article is published in the Forum and written by Jim Cavan


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