Habitat for Humanity: a key resource for green building
Habitat for Humanity has built more than 350,000 homes throughout the world. Over the past decade, the group has started to embrace green building strategies, not only to practice eco-friendly building but to assure that those who occupy Habitat homes are able to stay there.
By turning to building techniques like passive solar and focusing on strong building envelopes, Habitat for Humanity is able to keep energy costs low, greatly reducing energy costs for Habitat homeowners.
A passive solar home is currently being built by the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity in Vermont. Earlier this month, the Greensboro, N.C., Builders Association and Habitat for Humanity built six new green homes in five days. The home’s utility bills are guaranteed not to exceed $40 per month. The N.C. Builders Association and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to build 44 affordable homes in Greensboro, N.C., since 2003
Together, Habitat has likely built more green homes combined than many home builders. Aside from its humanitarian goal of building affordable housing, Habitat has channeled its green home expertise into a full resource guide for green building on its Web site. Topics covered include sustainable building, energy efficiency, materials conservation and project examples. The energy efficiency section, for example, addresses blower door testing, insulating tips, how to seal air leaks and how energy efficiency makes a home more affordable.
Click here to viewHabitat for Humanity’s sustainable building pages.