Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville is a 10-time consecutive Sustained Excellence award winning ENERGY STAR® certified builder with proven and demonstrated success building, teaching and promoting the many positive aspects of ENERGY STAR® homes in its four-county reach. In 2016, Habitat of Greater Nashville committed to being a 100 percent ENERGY STAR® builder and brought its total ENERGY STAR homes to 448. This means that all 448 homeowners will save approximately $11,200,000 in energy/electricity usage over the life of the mortgage and that number grows yearly.
An independent energy auditor, E3 Innovate, recently tested our construction practices and found these results. Habitat of Greater Nashville’s homes use 31 percent less water on average than a standard home. Habitat homes save 2.1 tons of carbon emissions as compared to a standard construction home. Most Habitat homes need only a 1.5-ton heat pump to heat them. Standard construction would utilize a 3-ton unit for the same floor plan. Habitat houses are so well insulated that less than one third of the energy consumed in the house goes to heating and cooling. In a typical house, heating and cooling accounts for about 50 percent of the energy consumed. One Habitat home scored a HERS rating of 57 with the use of the minisplit HVAC system we have been perfecting.
Habitat not only builds energy efficient, healthier homes, but our Homeowner Academy 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 448 ENERGY STAR® certified homes. Through Habitat's retail social enterprise, the ReStore, more than 800 tons of materials are diverted from city landfills annually, and sales from the three ReStores have helped fund more than 30 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.