Green Building, Habitat Style
Green Building Defined
The Core Elements of Green Building
Habitat LA Green building practices include
- Energy Star® appliances
- Solar ready homes
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures, including toilets, shower heads, and faucets
- High efficiency HVAC systems
- Energy efficient light fixtures, windows, and doors
- Recyclable building materials
- Zero- to Low- VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) paint
- Site water retention systems, including rain barrels, to minimize pollution from storm runoff
- Native drought – tolerant landscaping
- Recycled insulation
In 2008, Habitat LA built 30 homes as a part of the Jimmy Carter Work Project (JCWP) employing Green Building practices. These homes were the first Habitat for Humanity homes in Southern California and the first JCWP homes to be awarded Silver LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certification by the US Green Building Council.
Habitat LA’s green practices do not end with just construction but are also demonstrated through our ReStores, which diverts millions of pounds of debris away from area landfills by recycling building and home products and other deconstruction efforts.