Posted: 2009-02-16 08:54:27
Green building. Sustainable building. Energy-efficient building. Whatever you call it, the need to create environmentally conscious houses is growing.
According to the Global Footprint Network, humanity's overall ecological impact is 23 percent larger than what the planet can generate.
A house built with sustainability in mind not only lessens the detrimental impacts of development on the earth – it also improves our health and reduces costs and energy use. More and more Habitat affiliates are building “greener” houses that help create sustainable communities and allow homeowners to save money with less energy use. In fact, one of the principles listed in Habitat for Humanity International's mission statement calls Habitat to “promote transformational and sustainable community development.”
Just as we are taking steps to reduce Habitat's footprint in both Habitat homes (SFI partnership, energy efficient appliances) and the Habitat office (turning off the water heater, recycling, turning off our computers and printers overnight), we invite you to analyze (and work to reduce!) your own footprint. Visit http://www.footprintnetwork.org/en/index.php/GFN/page/calculators/ to learn more and join Habitat as we go green!