Friday, June 15, 2012

Habitat for Humanity Building 5,000 Energy Efficient Homes

Habitat for Humanity International (which has built over 300,000 homes) and The Home Depot Foundation are now working together to build 5,000 energy efficient homes over the next five years. 

The $30 million Partners in Sustainable Building program will issue grants to Habitat affiliates for homes built following Energy Star, LEED or other nationally recognized green building guidelines.

In 2009 and 2010, 1,500 sustainable homes will be built by 120 Habitat affiliates in 45 states. The program will grant $3,000 per home built to Energy Star standards and $5,000 per home built to a higher standard, like LEED.

In a pilot program tested in 2008, the sustainable features led to energy savings of 15% to 30%. For those that were built to LEED Platinum standards, energy savings have hit 50%.


Tamara said...

Great plan from Habitat for Humanity for planning on building 5000 energy efficient houses over the course of 5 years, their plans ought to be supported.

Tamara said...

Hope that the green building guidelines will be made even more common in the near future when it comes to construction projects.

Smookiekins said...

The mission statement of Habitat for Humanity is to seek to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness from the world and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action.

Smookiekins said...

Homes are built using volunteer labor and are sold at no profit.[clarification needed] In some locations outside the United States, Habitat for Humanity charges interest to protect against inflation. This policy has been in place since 1986.

Anonymous said...

Sabah State Govt is starting to emphasize the green building index in building construction projects.

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