Habitat for Humanity noted for energy efficient homes
The United States Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) recognized Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity (DAHFH)
and Dallas Sustainable Skylines Initiative (DSSI) for building
40 energy-efficient homes. The organizations found innovative
ways to provide quality housing using standardized construction
templates while working under a tight budget. DSSI paid for energy
efficient upgrades in the homes.
DSSI partners Texas A&M University, Energy Systems Laboratory
and TexEnergy Solutions conducted a study to gauge energy savings
and cost-effectiveness the efficiency upgrades would provide.
The results showed that the families will use 10 to 12 percent
less energy for 3 bedroom homes and 21 to 22 percent less energy
for 2 bedroom homes when compared to the standard building code
in effect at time of construction.
The homes, located in Frazier Courtyard in
Dallas, Texas, are part of DSSI’s Affordable Green Homes Initiative
that began in 2008. The homes were among the first Habitat For
Humanity homes in the country built to LEED Silver standards,
the US Green Building Council’s certification for environmentally