Habitat is building green!
Here at Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod when we say we build “green,” we are telling you that our priority is to build sustainable, energy efficient and healthy homes.
· Sustainable homes are built using materials that are harvested, procured, or otherwise sourced in ways that do the least harm to our planet’s natural resources.
· Energy efficient homes reduce the amount of energy required to heat, cool, and run the household—which also reduces carbon emissions into our atmosphere.
· And healthy homes are those that have excellent indoor air quality.
We are proud of our green building strategies which use advanced framing techniques, as well as cutting edge technology; and especially when combined with solar voltaic systems, produce some of the most energy efficient homes built anywhere.
Green building benefits us all now—and will benefit generations to come. Children growing up in a house with good indoor air quality have fewer health issues, and the benefit of owning a home with lowered energy costs is obvious.
Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod was recognized as the top Habitat affiliate nationwide in creating and producing energy efficient housing at the RESNET Building Performance Virtual Conference on May 3, 2022.
Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) Executive Director, Steve Baden, along with Habitat for Humanity International US Construction Director of Construction, Edwin Hensley congratulated longtime Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod Director of Construction, Bob Ryley, at the RESNET 2022 Conference.
Habitat Cape Cod has the Lowest HERS® Index of all United States Habitat affiliates. The HERS (Home Energy Rating System) Index is based on RESNET’s ANSI standards that measures a home’s energy efficiency. It is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance. The better the HERS Index, the lower the cost of operating a home, like “miles per gallon” for cars.
Home Energy Raters (HERS) follow us through initial permitting, construction, and completion. We are graded for the house performance and have been receiving rebates through the State “Energy Star” program. Monitoring the houses we’ve built helps us see how these various systems are performing, with an eye to what is working, what is not, and how to improve. The goal is to build healthier homes that give back more energy than they take.