Habitat for Humanity Orlando is among 136 recipients selected to participate in a national green building initiative sponsored by Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation. Launched in 2009, the Partners in Sustainable Building Program is a $30 million, five-year program aimed at helping Habitat affiliates in the United States incorporate sustainable building practices in 5,000 Habitat homes.
Each Habitat organization receiving a Partners in Sustainable Building grant will receive $3,000 for each home built to a standard equivalent to Energy Star and up to $5,000 for each home built to a higher green standard. The selected Habitat affiliates are expected to build 2,400 homes in 2010-2011.
“We are extremely grateful to Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation for selecting Habitat Orlando as a ‘Partners in Sustainable Building’ grant recipient,” said Dee Danmeyer, executive director for Habitat for Humanity Orlando. “We will use the funding on 15 homes we are building with low-income families in need.”
Since the program was established, nearly 1,500 homes have been certified nationwide. By incorporating practices such as creating a tight building envelope and using efficient, durable materials in the construction process, many of these homes achieved green building certification with little additional cost.
“We believe that healthy homes are the building blocks for thriving, affordable and environmentally sound communities,” said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. “Through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity, we are focused on bringing the practical financial and health benefits of green building and maintenance to families of modest incomes. By showing that green building and efficient maintenance of a home can truly keep more money in a family’s wallet, we also hope this effort has a ripple effect on all homeowners nationwide. ”
About Habitat for Humanity Orlando
Habitat for Humanity Orlando is a not-for-profit, ecumenical, Christian organization dedicated to transforming the lives of low-income, hardworking families through the American Dream of homeownership. We are one of approximately 2,100 local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International. Support from sponsors, donors and volunteers directly benefits the Central Florida community. To learn more about Habitat for Humanity Orlando or to make a donation, call (407) 648-4567 or visit www.habitat-orlando.org.