Habitat Greater Boston is committed to building sustainable and energy-efficient homes, making them fully affordable – from the mortgage payments to the utility bills.
All of our projects are designed and constructed to meet the standards issued by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2010, 2011 and 2013, Habitat Greater Boston projects received LEED Gold certification and in 2017 we won the Greenovate Boston Award in the Building and Energy category.
Building homes with affordable utility bills
All of our homes have:
- ENERGY STAR thermo-paned windows
- ENERGY STAR exterior doors
- ENERGY STAR appliances and lighting fixtures
- Pre-finished bamboo flooring
- Low flow faucets meeting ENERGY STAR standards
- Dual flush toilets
- High efficiency condensing boilers (95.0 AFUE) with integral on-demand hot water
- Baseboard radiators supplying hydronic heat
- Open celled foam insulation in all exterior walls and the attic
- Two layers of rigid foam insulation applied to the exterior sheathing
- Exhaust fans vented to the exterior that meet ENERGY STAR standards for air flow and noise
And our newest homes have photo-voltaic (solar) panels and reduced electric bills.