We’re Committed to Green Building

Long-term affordability is vital to DC Habitat and our homeowners. Green building practices are an opportunity to minimize our footprint on the local environment and help ensure the success of the families we serve. As building supply and fuel costs continue to rise, it’s essential to provide these families with homes that are energy efficient, healthy to live in and cost effective to maintain.

We’ve integrated building practices that reduce negative impacts on the natural environment, promote healthy indoor air quality for residents, and reduce energy costs while increasing the long-term affordability of our homes. We’re taking these practices even further in 2013 by building passive homes in the Ivy City community.

Environmental Committee Members Constructing a Rain Garden

Environmental Committee Members Constructing a Rain Garden

Green Building Certifications

Certification programs ensure that our green building techniques are recognized as energy efficient and sustainable ways to reduce the impact that building has on the environment both during construction and throughout the life of the home. These third party verifications offer accountability on a national level that we adhere to high standards of “green” building.

LEED for Homes / Earth Craft House Logos

All new homes are certified at the Gold level through Earth Craft Homes of Virginia, making them at least 15 percent more energy-efficient than new homes built only to code.

Homes in our Ivy City development are the first to receive LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certifications by the US Green Building Council, as well as Green Communities Certifications through Enterprise, Inc.

How DC Habitat Builds Green

  • Meeting Energy Star standards for home insulation, windows, appliances, water and lighting fixtures, water heaters and furnaces; All homes are Energy Star certified
  • Implementing a compact home design that minimizes the house’s footprint on its local environment and is situated in a location that is connected to the surrounding community via public transportation, bike paths and parks.
  • Using recycled and environmentally friendly materials when possible
  • Reducing landfall dumping by recycling a majority of construction waste – currently 63 percent of hauled construction waste and debris is diverted from landfills and recycled.
  • Improved framing and insulation techniques to create a tight house envelope for greater energy efficiency
  • Implementing storm water runoff prevention measures such as rain gardens and other low impact landscape designs
  • Indoor air quality enhancements, including use of low-VOC caulks, sealants, carpeting and interior paint
  • Adding outside air ventilators to the HVAC system to cycle fresh air into the home

DC Habitat will continue to improve and expand its green building practices as we work to build more affordable, efficient homes in the District.