Energy efficient construction has always been a central aspect of the Habitat process. In effect, we were green before it was cool to be green. The reasons for this are simple: energy efficient homes are less costly to maintain, reducing the financial burden of energy-related expenses on Habitat homeowners; and being environmentally conscious demonstrates a respect for the community of man and for the sanctity of God’s green Earth.
Habitat homes help the environment and save homeowners money by incorporating energy-efficient design modifications. These include:
By using Green Credits, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami is helping to reduce its carbon footprint on our world. Thousands of pounds of carbon dioxide and other green-house gases will be avoided by pumping clean, renewable energy back into the grid. Habitat's building incorporates the use of energy saving equipment, water saving fixtures and features which enhance indoor air quality. Habitat is Florida Green Building Coalition certified.
Americans send about 38 billion water bottles a year to landfills. Considering the 1.5 million barrels of oil needed to make those bottles, the environmental impact of plastic bottle waste is truly staggering. By not using disposable plastic water bottles on site, Habitat is doing its part to reduce the volume of landfill waste and protect our environment.
In Miami-Dade County, more than 575 houses’ worth of building materials is thrown away each month by home builders. By using and reusing materials efficiently, Habitat is encouraging good stewardship of the Earth's resources. Habitat donates unused drywall, wood, insulation and other building materials to the Miami Habitat ReStore, where the public can purchase these items at a huge discount. All proceeds of the Miami Habitat ReStore go to building more Habitat homes.