Atlanta, GA (March 26, 2008)- Habitat for Humanity International and the Atlanta-based Home Depot Foundation have announced a five-year, $30 million national green building initiative. The Partners in Sustainable Building program will work to provide funding and resources to help Habitat affiliates build at least five thousand energy-efficient homes- roughly 17 percent of all the single- and multi-family homes Habitat will build over that period.
The partnership will begin with a year-long pilot program involving approximately thirty Habitat affiliates in a variety of climates and in both rural and urban areas. In 2009, it will become an opt-in program that includes educational and scholarship components. Through the program, Habitat affiliates will be able to expand their use of energy-efficient equipment, install more water-conserving fixtures, and ensure good indoor air quality while helping affiliates secure third-party verification of nationally recognized green building standards.
“This partnership will provide our affiliates with the additional resources and training they need to create homes that are more durable and energy efficient [and] even more affordable to our homeowners,” said Habitat for Humanity CEO Jonathan T.M. Reckford. “We are truly grateful to the Home Depot Foundation for making this partnership possible because it will improve the lives of thousands of low-income families while promoting good stewardship of our natural resources.”
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