While building our houses in a green and energy efficient manner is the right thing to do for our environment, it also has a direct impact on our homeowners. The energy efficiency of these homes means Habitat Families will have much lower utility bills each month. This helps make our homes more affordable for the long run.
Building a sustainable home doesn’t just mean “going green” – it means creating homes and neighborhoods with lasting value. Habitat for Humanity neighborhoods to the productive growth and positive health of the communities in which we live. We have a commitment to sustainable building practices and continuously look for ways to make homes safe, environmentally friendly and affordable.
Kitsap Habitat has a history of building “above code”. Our latest neighborhood (Harris Court) was developed in compliance with the Evergreen Sustainable Development Standard (ESDS). The standards contains criteria that safeguard health and safety, increase energy and water efficiency, promote sustainable living, and preserve the environment.
ENERGY & ATMOSPHERE
- We construct 2 x 6 exterior walls to advanced framing standards, insulated to R30.
- All energy efficient appliances are installed that meet Energy Star Standards.
- Raised heel trusses accommodate 16” of insulation, which is R49 for the attic insulation.
- Minimizing air infiltration: The Energy Star Standard is 4ACH. We target 3ACH@50PA or less. This high standard is the result of our attention to detail and adds little to no additional cost.
- Each home comes equipped with an energy recovery ventilator to insure quality indoor air.
- Exhaust fans vent to the exterior and meet Energy Star standards for air flow and noise.
- All hard wired fixtures are Energy Star qualified.
- Homes in our Harris Court neighborhood have a PV Solar Array on their roofs.
- Each solar array is estimated to produce an average of 3,096 KWH AC a year.
- The 32 homes are estimated to collectively save $11,888 in electrical bills a year
- Excess electricity feeds back into the electric grid to provide green electricity for all.
- All components are “Made in Washington State”.
WATER & SPACE HEATING
- Kitsap Habitat utilizes high energy efficient heating and water systems.
- Where natural gas in present: We use high efficiency gas-fired tankless water heaters.
- Heating and hot water systems are integrated with our radiant heated floors.
- Hot water supply lines are kept short and insulated to a minimum of R4.
- Low flow faucets are used meeting the Energy Star standards.
ENVIRONMENTALLY PREFERRED PRODUCTS
- We always use only certified wood products.
- Paints used by Habitat are certified to have low emissions of volatile organic compounds.
- Finished floor surfaces are of hard materials. We do not use carpet. We have used tile, cork, linoleum and laminate flooring in projects.
- All interior stairs have hardwood treads.
- We strive to use local companies whenever possible.