Green Building, Habitat Style
Green Building Defined
The term “green building” is used by many and in diverse ways. At Habitat LA we define it as providing housing for people with methods, products and processes that lessen the detrimental impacts on the health of the human and ecological environment. Economically, cost-benefit analyses show tremendous long-term savings to homeowners and society when we design and plan buildings and housing that is energy—and resource—efficient.
The Core Elements of Green Building
Habitat LA is among a growing number of Habitat for Humanity affiliates that is incorporating Green Building elements that improves the affordability and sustainability for homeowners and the communities in which they live. Green Building means addressing certain core elements during the stages of planning, design, development and construction.
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
Habitat LA’s green practices does not end with just construction, but are also demonstrated through our used material ReStores, which diverts millions of pounds of debris away from area landfills through deconstruction services and recycling of building and home products.