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Brad Pitt’s Make It Right to help build storm-sturdy houses for $50K

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Brad Pitt’s “Make It Right” charity will be building a home in the Sandy-ravaged Rockaways in Queens, NY, according to NY Daily News. The home will be storm-resistant, energy efficient and cost $50,000 to build. Make It Right’s design is one of many storm-resistant homes that will be built and given to families in need.

The homes were created in a competition by the American Institute of Architects and Architecture for Humanity. The challenge was to come up with a storm-resistant, environmentally friendly home that could be made available to the public at an affordable price.

St. Bernard Project, a charity that has built hundreds of homes down south after disasters and that built dozens of homes in New York following Sandy, will partner with Friends of the Rockaways to raise funding for additional homes. The two charities will partner to select a family to get the house being built.

Pitt’s “Make It Right” charity’s design, The Resilient House, won the competition. It is a modern riff on the Rockaways’ renowned bungalows. It was designed by Toronto architects Sustainable.TO. No heating or cooling is required in the home –there is no furnace and a minimal air conditioning unit. Heating is provided by a split roof that allows for a row of windows to keep the house bright and warm.

The second place winner of the competition was more traditional in its design. Called “The Good Neighbor House” it is designed like a Cape Cod and still affordable at $50,000.

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