Slideshow: Raising Roofs project creates 7 new green homes

| by John Johnson
Slideshow: Raising Roofs project creates 7 new green homes

With the completion of last week’s “Raising Roofs” project, the Greensboro Builders Association and Habitat for Humanity have partnered to build 44 affordable homes in Greensboro, N.C. since 2003. Last week, Habitat built six new homes and entirely re-modeled another in just five days.

All the homes built in Habitat’s “Raising Roofs” project will be green certified by the National Association of Home Builders. Two of the homes built by production builders were completed in just three days.

“We pretty much go from foundation to sod in five days,” says Habitat’s executive director Winston McGregor.

The Habitat homes were constructed with very tight building envelopes, which leads to higher energy efficiency. The homes feature recycled blue jeans as sustainable insulation, and will also include sustainable wood cabinetry from Columbia Forest Products in Greensboro. The average utility bill to heat and cool the homes is guaranteed not to exceed $40 per month. Most of the homes will sell in the area of $100,000.

Click here to view a slideshowof the Raising Roofs project.

Topics: Building Green, Certification / LEED, Cost of Ownership, Sustainable Communities

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