What do we mean when we say we build GREEN?
Affordability goes beyond just the price of buying a home. Operation and maintenance costs of homeownership can be more than $2,000 per year. At Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona we build ‘green’ efficiencies into our Habitat houses to keep those costs down. Building Green means lower electricity bills, water bills and maintenance costs for our homeowners. Other benefits include healthier living environments, smaller ecological footprints and more comfortable homes.
We were the first Habitat affiliate to build a LEED® Platinum Certified Habitat home in the United States in the Fall of 2008. All our homes since are built to minimum Energy Star standards. Energy Star Qualified Homes feature energy-efficient insulation, high-performance windows, tight building envelopes and HVAC ducts, and energy-efficient appliances and heating/cooling equipment. Energy Star Qualified Homes on average consume 15 percent to 20 percent less energy than a typical home.
LEED® Certified Homes include improved indoor air quality, durability of construction, minimized environmental footprint, increased water efficiency and improved energy efficiency. To learn more check out habiatcaz.org/green