Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville designs its homes 100 percent ENERGY STAR® certified with health and energy efficiency in mind. Habitat has built more than 400 ENERGY STAR® homes, receiving seven consecutive Sustained Excellence awards from the Environmental Protection Agency and 107 homes LEED certified. Habitat of Greater Nashville also installed a rain garden, a natural filtration system for storm water runoff, in the neighborhood of Park Preserve.
What green stewardship means for Habitat homeowners, in addition to the healthier environment, is a savings of more than $25,000 in utlity costs over the life of a 30-year mortgage. Getting the most efficiency for the least cost is just another good steward practice that we believe continues to Build Better Lives.
Habitat not only builds energy efficient, healthier homes, but our HomeWORKS classes also teach partner families to save money through energy efficient practices: such as cleaning homes with eco-friendly products and simple home maintenance tips that save energy and reduce monthly utility bills. It is our goal to provide partner families with all the necessary tools to be successful homeowners and good stewards of our resources.
Habitat of Greater Nashville has been using ENERGY STAR® products since 2006 building more than 400 ENERGY STAR® certified homes. Habitat uses R-44 insulation in the attics and R-19 in the walls and maintains a HERS, energy rating system, as low as 63 compared with a standard home which averages 100. Habitat uses 93 percent efficient hot water heaters and ENERGY STAR® rated appliances.
Through Habitat's retail social enterprise, the ReStore, more than 800 tons of materials are diverted from city landfills annually, and sales from the four ReStores have helped fund more than 28 homes for Habitat families.
Habitat partners with community minded businesses that provide construction materials, which help keep construction costs low. Companies such as Berry Plastics, Dollar General Corp., Dow, Hermitage Lighting Gallery, Home Depot, Hunter Douglas, Schneider Electric, Whirlpool, Valspar and Yale have made significant contributions to the Middle Tennessee community through the Habitat ministry.
Seeking to put God’s love into action, Habitat for Humanity brings people together to build homes, communities and hope.