All Bay Area-Houston Habitat for Humanity homes built since 2009, meet the Energy Star requirments as follows:
The energy efficiency measures included in Bay Area Habitat’s Energy Star standards are R-38 attic insulation, 2×4 wall construction with R-13 insulation and radiant barrier roof decking. Windows are Energy Star rated with low-e glazing and a U-value of 0.37 and a SHGC of 0.31. High efficiency heating and AC equipment with 13 SEER is used along with Energy Star rated appliances.
In addition Whirlpool Corporation, supplies Energy Star certified refrigerators via a partnership with Habitat for Humanity International.
Why is it important to build green?
With Energy Star, energy consumption was reduced by 46% compared to non-Energy Star homes. Greenhouse gas emissions are also significantly reduced by building Energy Star. The money saved each year from reduced utility bills increases the amount of funds available for necessities such as food, medical attention, education supplies for children, and childcare.
The rating provides a quantifiable measurement of the energy efficiency of the affordable housing units and gives Bay Area Habitat and its prospective families the piece of mind in knowing that each house is built and certified to meet the high energy efficiency standards of Energy Star. During the rating process, the HERS rater performs a blower door test, duct pressure test, foundation inspection, insulation inspection, and final inspection of all equipment installations.
Bay Area-Houston Habitat for Humanity has also pledged to build 100% of their projects to become Energy Star certified.