Schneider Electric Canada helps Habitat for Humanity assemble prefabricated “House-in-a-Box” to rebuild areas ravaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

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Schneider Electric Canada helps Habitat for Humanity assemble prefabricated “House-in-a-Box” to rebuild areas ravaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita

A Schneider Electric Canada employee recently travelled to the US Gulf Coast region to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s “Operation Home Delivery” program. This program is the organized response effort, by Habitat International, to help those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

A Schneider Electric Canada employee recently travelled to the US Gulf Coast region to participate in Habitat for Humanity’s “Operation Home Delivery” program. This program is the organized response effort, by Habitat International, to help those affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
To construct the houses, “Operation Home Delivery” relies on Habitat International’s innovative “House-in-a-box” initiative. Habitat affiliates across North America pre-fabricate the walls and trusses of a single house, and ship them down to the Gulf Coast region, where they are
assembled into complete Habitat houses. The first Canadian “House-in-a-Box” was pre-fabricated earlier this year in Ottawa. During the month of April, four teams of Canadians travelled, in relays, to the Gulf Coast to assemble it.

The house is located in the Terrebonne/Lafourche Parish area just outside of New Orleans – which saw 16,000 homes damaged or destroyed by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Soon, this new development – Bayou Blue – will boast 35 newly built homes fitted with Square D loadcentres.
“One of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s missions is to mobilize volunteers and community partners to create safe, decent and affordable housing alongside those in need of a hand up.

We feel privileged to have Schneider Electric as a key partner in moving this mission forward Throughout Canada and globally”, says Terry Petkau, Director of Special Projects with Habitat for Humanity Canada. “It is especially rewarding that our first Canadian Global Village Team to Louisiana included Skye Ball, with Schneider Electric. This team was successful in framing up the first Habitat Home funded by Canadians in support of the rebuilding effort in the Hurricane
ravaged Gulf Region.”