Making a sustainable home doesn’t just mean going green–it means creating homes with lasting value that contribute to the productive growth and positive health of the communities in which we live. Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East has a commitment to green building and continuously looks for ways to make homes affordable to live in and affordable to buy.
The Energy Star program offers solutions for cost effectively increasing home energy efficiency. These solutions reduce energy costs and save money by making homes more affordable, sustainable, and livable for lower-income families while helping the environment. Every Energy Star home is designed to provide its residents with comfort and quality while maintaining our standards for energy efficiency, indoor air quality, environmental responsibility and resource efficiency. For more information, please visit energystar.gov.
LEED Certified Homes
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a Green Building Rating System developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. LEED promotes design and construction practices that increase building performance, while reducing the negative impacts of building on the environment.
In March 2009, Habitat for Humanity Portland/Metro East completed the first LEED-certified Habitat homes in Oregon proving that building green can be affordable. Located on NE Webster, the two Platinum-rated homes include environmentally and energy efficient uses of the location, housing design and construction. These role-model buildings were dedicated to the Clark and Alemayoh families and are one of 20 national finalists of the EnergyValue Housing Award from the National Association of Home Builders.
In October 2012, construction was completed on two LEED certified homes on North Michigan Avenue, near the heart of the vibrant cultural area of North Mississippi Avenue. These two buildings are the homes of the Duran and the Ejigu/Kere families and were built in partnership with Realty Trust Group and Portland Youth Builders.