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Sustainable building

Building a sustainable home doesn't just mean going green - it means creating homes with lasting value that contribute to the productive growth and positive health of the communities in which we live. Habitat for Humanity has a commitment to sustainable building and continuously looks for ways to make homes affordable to live in and affordable to buy.

Energy & Atmosphere

We construct 2 x 6 exterior walls to the advanced framing standard, insulated to R30.

We install all energy efficient appliances that meet Energy Star Standards.

Raised heel trusses accommodate 16" of insulation, which is R49 for the attic insulation.

We target 3ACH@50PA for minimizing air infiltration. The Energy Star Standard is 4ACH or less. We achieve this result with attention to detail and very little cost.

Each home comes equipped with an energy recovery ventilator to insure quality indoor air.

Exhaust fans vent to the exterior and meet Energy Star standards for air flow and noise.

A minimum of 60% of the hard wired fixtures shall be Energy Star qualified.

Environmentally preferred products

We always use certified wood products.

We try to use local companies.

Paints used by Habitat are certified to have low emissions of volatile organic compounds.

Finished floor surfaces are of hard materials. We do not use carpet. We have used tile, cork, linoleum and laminate flooring in projects.

All interior stairs have hardwood treads.

Water & space heating

The heating and hot water are combined into an integrated system.

The same water heater also supplies hot water for domestic use.

We use a gas-fired tankless or a standing high efficiency gas water heater.

Gas-fired tankless water heater (renai) also provides heat to our radiant heated floors.

Hot water supply lines are kept short and insulated to a minimum of R4.

Low flow faucets are installed meeting the Energy Star standards.