New construction is coming to Sodom Road in Westport. The Buzzards Bay Area Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking ceremony last week, announcing plans to build a duplex across the street from 658 Sodom Road.

Executive Director Christine Lacourse said the construction will be unique; it will be a "passive house" with thermal comfort and extremely low energy consumption.

Speaking this week on Townsquare Sunday, Lacourse said Habitat is partnering with the Westport Housing Trust in the project, providing two local families with safe, well-built housing that is affordable.

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While breaking ground for the project is a major milestone, the work of Habitat for Humanity actually begins long before that.

Lacourse said the land must be acquired first, then contractors must be lined up, along with building supplies and volunteers. Many of those contractors will donate time, and supplies will be donated as well.

Saltonstall Architects / Habitat for Humanity
Saltonstall Architects / Habitat for Humanity

Occupants must also be selected, and that is a process in itself. Applicants must be able to afford a low cost mortgage and must donate time to the project, some 300 hours in "sweat equity." Information is available on the Habitat for Humanity website.

Lacourse said she's excited about the Westport project. It's Habitat's first ever in that town.

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