Habitat for Humanity Adopts High Performance Home Building
There's a common perception that high-performance homes have to cost more. But Habitat for Humanity groups across the country are building homes that meet Energy Star and other certification programs.
At the 2017 Energy & Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA) High Performance Home Summit in Atlanta, Tiffani Irwin, director of construction with Our Towns Habitat for Humanity in North Carolina, talked about the importance of building homes that perform well and cost less to live in.
Our Town Habitat for Humanity builds all its homes to Energy Star 3.0 standards to use 15 percent to 30 percent less energy than typical new homes. Also the homes are built to SystemVision standards for affordable homes in North Carolina. The agency has also built two homes to LEED certification, one Gold and one Platinum.
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