Building Green

When most people think of Habitat for Humanity, saws, hammers, and nails are usually the first thing to come to mind. But did you know that energy efficiency is also a core element of our building program?

 

Residential energy efficiency offers untold potential for savings, job creation, improvements in health and safety, and community reinvestment. But often, the people who would benefit most from energy upgrades are least able to afford them.

Accessible and affordable energy efficiency can be transformative for low-income families who too often must choose between paying this month’s energy bill or paying for food or medicine. More energy-efficient housing would translate into real savings for families and would result in healthier, more decent places to live.

Our weatherization repair program helps low-income homeowners, who struggle to pay their energy costs, by creating safe and energy-efficient homes. Typically, a weatherization project will include work such as caulking or foaming cracks and gaps, minor repairs to heating, cooling and ventilation systems and adding or replacing door sweeps and weather stripping.

Additionally, Habitat homes are built to be ENERGY STAR certified, meaning they save energy, save money, and help protect the environment by generating fewer greenhouse gas emissions than typical buildings. To be certified as ENERGY STAR, a building must meet strict energy performance standards set by Environmental Protection Agency. To be eligible for ENERGY STAR certification, a building must earn an ENERGY STAR score of 75 or higher, indicating that it performs better than at least 75 percent of similar buildings nationwide.

We build sustainably to take better care of our environment, our homeowners, and our volunteers. Our goals are to reduce the home’s monthly and life cycle costs and increase efficiency and durability while providing healthy environments.

If you or someone you know is in need of home repairs, take the preliminary survey here to see if you qualify for help from Habitat.