Habitat for Humanity - New York City

Building Green

Creating a Green Urban Habitat

At Habitat NYC, we believe that our mission to unite New Yorkers around the cause of quality, affordable housing for everyone is inextricably linked to the need to support safe, healthy communities and a sustainable environment.

What is Green Building?

Green building is an approach to planning, constructing, operating, and maintaining buildings that seeks to improve the environmental, health, and financial impacts of what we build and the way we build. That means designing to reduce waste, specifying energy-efficient products, and sourcing sustainable materials. Homeowners receive the benefits of a healthier indoor environment, increased comfort, and deeper affordability due to utility cost savings from improvements in building performance.

Healthy and Sustainable Buildings 

We focus on the use of natural and non-toxic products and materials to improve indoor air quality and ensure healthy and safe living environments. The buildings incorporate environmentally-friendly materials and finishes that are low or no-VOC, low urea-formaldehyde, non-toxic and hypo-allergenic. Continuous mechanical ventilation and window trickle vents ensure an adequate supply of fresh air. In addition, high-performance glazing on windows and doors retains heat in the winter and reduces solar heat gain in the summer.

Green Building Standards

Habitat NYC has partnered with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) with technical assistance and training from Steven Winter Associates to design and build many ENERGY STARĀ® homes. In addition, Habitat NYC builds many of our projects to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes and Enterprise Green Communities certification standards


Habitat for Humanity New York City transforms lives by building quality homes with families in need and by uniting all New Yorkers around the cause of affordable housing.

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Homeownership Information Sessions

Learn more about our homeownership program by attending one of our information sessions!

For more information about upcoming sessions, email homeownership@habitatnyc.org or call (646) 779-8846.

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