The following fact sheets provide basic how-to information for creating a more energy-efficient home. You will need Adobe’s free Acrobat Reader to view this information.
- Energy efficiency makes homes more affordable (261k)
- Energy efficient construction (201k)
- Seal air leaks and save energy (139k)
- Keys to effective wall insulation (148k)
- Combustion equipment safety (135k)
- Ceiling and attic insulation and ventilation (99k)
- Insulating foundation and floors (125k)
- Insulating attic access (89k)
- Blower door and duct blaster testing (104k)
- Read case studies and recommended practices of Habitat’s partnership with Building America
- Southface Energy Institute
Fact sheets and technical bulletins about energy efficiency, water, lighting and indoor air quality.
- Department of Energy’s Building America program
Read how Habitat for Humanity was recognized for the Top Innovation award for high-performance affordable housing.
- Energy Star
Explore the Energy Star Tools and resources library for energy management, building designs and performance guides. Find information on how to conduct a home energy audit.
- Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET)
The IRS recognizes certified home energy raters to verify a home’s qualification for the new federal tax credit for energy efficient homes. Find certified raters in your state.
- Energy efficient rehab advisor
For information on how to rehab homes in an energy-efficient and healthy manner, view the Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor for a step-by-step process appropriate to your climate.
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Rehab Guide
A set of guidebooks published in 2005 by HUD providing techniques, materials, and technologies for housing rehabilitation. Download the nine-volume Rehab Guide.
- Environmental Protection Agency’s Indoor AirPLUS program
Learn how to improve the indoor air quality of your home through the EPA’s Indoor AirPLUS program.
- U.S. Department of Energy Builders Challenge
The Builders Challenge establishes a framework for continuous improvement in homebuilding that will help propel the market toward zero-energy performance.