Firstly, every simple, decent, affordable house that Habitat for Humanity builds is the result of partnership. As well, volunteers, families and donors come together to make those houses happen. An increasing number of those Habitat homes benefit from another special category of collaboration. Those are expertise and support that results in sustainable and energy-efficient construction.
In addition, green building practices go hand in hand with Habitat’s mission of improving the lives of low-income families. The organization’s goals are to create healthy living conditions. As well, and more noteworthy reduce home-related monthly and life-cycle costs. Durable construction, localized solutions and conservation of resources go a long way to achieving those goals.
Across the United States and around the world, Habitat affiliates have forged special partnerships. These partnerships are to tackle a variety of projects that are green. Best part, they are growing in number. A few recent and notable examples:
Hence, it draws on dozens of national and local partners who are helping to create the 18-house community. Along a sustainable and integrated design plan and elements include Passive House principles. Furthermore, solar power and radiant heating, cisterns and rain barrels, and edible landscapes and community gardens.
The beauty of these types of projectsis that they help families, but also demonstrate that — when innovation meets partnership —efficient, ecological building practices can be both beautiful and affordable.
By Shala Carlson. Shala Carlson is the editor of Habitat World, the flagship print and online publication of Habitat for Humanity International.
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