Over spring break, DC Habitat for Humanity invited New School students to grab some power tools and help with the final phase of construction of the Empowerhouse, a solar-powered duplex going up in the Deanwood neighborhood in Washington, DC. Empowerhouse is a collaboration between Parsons, the New School for Design, the Stevens Institute of Technology and Milano to build affordable, site net-zero housing. For the first phase of the project, the Empowerhouse Collaborative exhibited the home on the National Mall in Washington, DC, and won first place in the juried affordability category. Now, through a partnership with Habitat for Humanity, the team is converting the demonstration house into permanent housing for two families, who should enjoy close to 90% savings on their energy bills as a result of the house’s state-of-the-art design and exacting building standards that maximize energy efficiency. The home will serve as a model for Habitat construction worldwide. Learn more about the Empowerhouse project here.