Sustainable Building

Habitat Suffolk builds homes that are not only affordable; they are sustainable.



As a part of Habitat International’s global commitment to sustainable construction worldwide, Habitat Suffolk is on the forefront of resource and energy-efficient building practices. Here at Habitat Suffolk, we believe green building can take us one step further in our affordable homeownership program.  Not only do we build affordable homes to purchase, but also make them affordable to maintain.  All of our newly-constructed homes achieve Energy Star with Indoor Air Plus ratings and are designed and built to achieve Version 3 Energy Star and LEED certification.

Energy Star is an international standard for energy efficiency that was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.  On average, Energy Star certified homes use 15-30 percent less energy than conventionally built new homes. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed a rating system known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Buildings that excel in their energy and green materials can receive one of four ratings: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum.  Habitat Suffolk has set LEED for Homes certification as our standard building practice and are aiming towards having all of our futures homes obtain at least a LEED Silver certification. The post-construction testing associated with these ratings and certifications verify that the homes significantly reduce energy consumption, have exceptional indoor air quality and only generate a small percentage of construction waste.

Since 2010, we have 15 LEED and Energy Star certified homes with 5 more under construction and 7 more to start in 2013-2014!

At HFHS, we teach affiliate staff and volunteers to use sustainable construction techniques, which conserve natural resources.  As a result of HFH Suffolk’s advanced green building practices, the homes we build for our future homeowners are more durable, healthier and less expensive to operate than conventionally built homes.

Bring your friends and family and volunteer for a day and learn how to make your home more energy efficient!
CLICK HERE to learn about how to get involved!


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Monday, February 27, 2017