Freedom by Design - Weatherization Kits
Freedom by Design, affiliated with the American Institute of Architectural Students, is a community service-based group of interdisciplinary students that focuses on giving back to the Pittsburgh community through design-build projects. We engage and collaborate with communities to understand the issues that the city faces, as well as work to design and bring about positive impact to the greater Pittsburgh community through built interventions.
For more information about us: https://www.aiascmu.org/fbd
In Pittsburgh, 66% of working families have to decide between paying their rent or paying their heating bills during the winter season. In most cases, these families live in older homes that haven’t been well maintained, and consequently, have very poor insulation and a lot of air leakage. To address this problem, our Freedom by Design Chapter has designed and assembled Weatherization Kits. These Kits are small boxes that contain items such as door sweeps, socket insulators, and window plastic that can be easily installed to increase a home’s energy efficiency and reduce heating costs. They also come with a booklet that we wrote and designed to walk residents through the installation of every product that they contain as well as other products not included in the kit. These kits create a comprehensive package on winter weatherization that offers both the knowledge and the materials (including for installation) and thus allows these families to save on money that can then be allocated to other necessities. Right before the winter season, we also hold a distribution event where we give out kits and host workshops to teach how to install the products. We get to meet the local residents and engage with the families that we are impacting directly.
For more information about the kit and the design process we went through: https://www.aiascmu.org/fbdweatherizationkit
Even $5 can help someone save 5-10% on their energy bill, so every donation will make an impact! This can greatly improve the livelihood of people within the Pittsburgh community, and begin to address the larger concerns of inequity and sustainability. We as a collective want to take advantage of our education to make an impact, and any donation towards this cause would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you for your contribution to our project!