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Dow chemistry makes Habitat for Humanity homes more energy efficient

ACC member Dow Chemical has helped Habitat for Humanity build affordable homes for low-income families since 1983 — and Dow does it in large part through top-notch chemistry that helps the homes become more energy efficient.

Utility bills are typically the second-largest monthly expense for homeowners, after mortgage payments. Lower energy consumption means lower costs and a more affordable living arrangement.

Products such as Dow’s STYROFOAM™ rigid foam insulation help enhance the efficiency of buildings by reducing air infiltration, which accounts for 25-40 percent of the energy used for heating and cooling a typical home. Energy saved is money saved.

Right now, Dow volunteers, including energy efficiency experts, are helping to build homes in 30 communities. As part of its anniversary commitment to Habitat for Humanity, Dow anticipates gift-in-kind contributions of energy-saving STYROFOAM brand insulation products of $4 million.

Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International, expressed Habitat’s gratitude to Dow:

We are so grateful to Dow for reaching out to Habitat to become one of our first national corporate partners and for helping to build thousands of homes during the last 30 years. I have had the privilege of working with Dow associates all over the world and so appreciate the contributions both of the organization and the individual supporters. Dow helped us create the model for developing crucial corporate partnerships and has been pivotal in helping us building homes, communities and hope.

To date, the Dow has contributed $56.9 million in cumulative giving to Habitat.

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