Kebede, his partner, Hanna Boku, and their two daughters were one of six families whose homes were dedicated Saturday as part of a ceremony recognizing the completion of Habitat for Humanity’s Ivy City Phase II and the start of Phase III.
“We think it’s a great match between affordability and energy savings,” Slater said.
Passive houses don’t come cheap, though, which presents a challenge for Habitat. Slater estimates that a passive house costs about 20 percent more to build than a typical house.
“We have to fundraise the extra cost of the passive house,” she said. “We still sell below what it costs us to build, but it can’t be that much lower.”