What is “Green Building”?
Green building or environmental building is an approach to building that seeks to reduce the impact on our environment of the things we build and the way we build them. That means that buildings are designed to reduce waste, use more energy-efficient and earth-friendly materials and building users get the benefits of healthier and safer indoor environments.
Energy Efficiency and Building Performance
to focus on technological improvements including renewable energy to improve building perform-ance, comfort and affordability for
Healthy Buildings — focuses on the use of safe, natural and non-toxic products and materials to improve indoor air quality and ensure healthy and safe living environments.
Sustainable Building — uses earth friendly, recycled and reused materials to minimize waste and promote environmental sustainability.
Creating A Model Green Urban Habitat
At Habitat-NYC we believe that our mission to unite New Yorkers around the cause of decent, affordable housing for everyone is inextricably linked to the need to support safe, healthy communities and a sustainable environment. We seek to be a model green builder in the affordable housing industry and an advocacy leader in the growing green building movement.
Habitat-NYC’s Green Building Program
Building Performance with ENERGY STAR®
ENERGY STAR® labeled homes are part of a national program designed to promote energy conservation in consumer products and residential construction. A typical ENERGY STAR® labeled home uses 30% less energy than a conventionally built new home. Habitat-NYC has formed a partnership with the New York State Energy and Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with technical assistance and training form Steven Winter Associates, Inc. to design and build ENERGY STAR® homes that incorporate the following elements:
Low-e (emissivity) ENERGY STAR® rated windows.
Compact fluorescent ENERGY STAR® rated light fixtures.
ENERGY STAR® rated appliances.
ENERGY STAR® sealed combustion boiler with indirect hot water heater.
Extra air sealing to prevent air infiltration and heat loss.
Better installed insulation and framing to reduce thermal bridging.
Healthy Homes and Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)
Habitat-NYC homes incorporate environmentally-friendly
finishes that are low-VOC, non-toxic and hypo-allergenic.
Timer-controlled mechanical ventilation ensures an adequate supply of fresh air to maintain high IAQ.
Whole-house natural ventilation reduces the need for air conditioning.
Proper window specification and placement increase natural lighting and passive solar heating.
Sustainable Building Methods and Materials
Habitat is adopting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification guidelines for deconstruction, waste recycling and reuse, water management and energy usage.
By using less energy, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers and the larger community.