What Is Sustainable Building?
Sustainable or “green” building means designing and constructing houses that are energy efficient and durable, that use fewer resources, and are affordable. Habitat Rockland builds sustainable homes using construction standards that focus on water and energy efficiency, safety and health, and materials conservation.
Why Build Sustainably?
We build sustainably to take better care of our environment, our homeowners, and our volunteers. Our goals are to reduce the home’s monthly and life cycle costs and increase efficiency and durability while providing healthy environments
Energy Star Standards
Habitat Rockland builds homes that are not only affordable; they are energy efficient.
As a part of Habitat International’s global commitment to sustainable construction worldwide, Habitat Rockland applies energy-efficient building practices for each of the homes built. Our belief at Rockland Habitat is to not only build affordable homes to purchase but by applying Energy Star or "green builds" practices we can also make them affordable to maintain for the homeowner.
Energy Star is a voluntary standard for energy efficiency that was created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. On average, Energy Star certified homes use 15-30 percent less energy than conventionally built new homes. The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has developed a rating system known as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Buildings that excel in their energy and green materials can receive one of four ratings: Certified, Silver, Gold or Platinum. Our newly-constructed homes are designed and built to achieve Energy Star standards.