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Sustainable building

What is sustainable building?
Sustainable―or “green”―building means designing and constructing houses that are efficient and durable, that use less resources, are healthy to live in and are affordable.

Habitat builds sustainable homes using construction standards that pay attention to water and energy efficiency; safety and health; and materials conservation.

Why build sustainably?
We build sustainably to take better care of our environment, our homeowners, and our volunteers. Our goals are to reduce the home’s monthly and life cycle costs and increase efficiency and durability while providing healthy environments.

 

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Habitat for Humanity’s U.S. Sustainable Construction Standards manual (4MB .pdf)

   


How is Habitat building sustainably?

Habitat works in concert with many partners to continually improve the quality of our homes and the building process.

We find green building techniques and materials that are comparable in price to traditional counterparts.

We continually seek new ideas and educate the volunteers that work on each build site.

Help Habitat build sustainable homes in your community
Use this search function to connect with Habitat in your community and learn about volunteer opportunities in your area.

Real-life examples
Learn more about Habitat’s energy-efficient, healthy and sustainable houses in communities around the world on our Project examples page.