Nevada County Habitat is going GREEN!
Heritage Oaks is Nevada County Habitat’s first “GREEN” building development. Our goal is to build these homes using sustainable building practices, and for the first two homes, to earn LEED certification, a nationally recognized green building rating system. Homes will be outfitted with the latest in “GREEN” products including solar photovoltaic systems, xeri-scape (no-water and low use landscaping), low toxicity materials, and the latest in maximum home energy efficiency systems. To ensure success of our GREEN build, we have been effectivelty documenting our strategies, supervising at the construction site, and coordinating with consultants for inspections. Currently homes #1 & #2 of the Heritage Oaks Project are undergoing LEED certification. We hope to continue building GREEN homes as the project progresses.
What is LEED?
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) GREEN building rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and aims to improve performance in: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts. LEED provides building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.
What is LEED for Homes?
LEED for Homes is a consensus-developed, third party-verification rating system that provides a basis for quantifying the benefits of green homes. The rating system measures a home's performance based on eight categories: site selection, water efficiency, materials & resources, energy & atmosphere, indoor environmental quality, location & linkages, awareness & education, and innovation. Each LEED-certicied home undergoes onsite inspections and thorough performance testing to ensure proper performance.
What is the difference between LEED for Homes and other GREEN home programs?
LEED is a national, third-party certification system for green homebuilding. It is designed to recognize leadership, so the program is rigorous and focused on measurable results. In addition, LEED provides a process and support system for builders to help them make informed decisions about their project, and achieve great success in green homebuilding. Our Habitat for Humanity homes are LEED certified because we want our homes at Heritage Oaks to be a model for green homes in this area, designed and built using strategies aimed at achieving high performance in key areas of human and environmental health.
Who is responsible for rating a LEED-certified home?
Each LEED for homes registered project is inspected by a LEED for Homes GREEN Rater under the guidance of a LEED for Homes registered Provider. Providers and Green Raters are local organizations and individuals with demonstrated experience with GREEN building.
Benefits of a LEED-certified Home:
Benefits of a LEED Home from U.S. Green Building Council on Vimeo.
Click here to see the LEED Certified Home PDF
Why Build GREEN?
It is Sustainable: By using recycled-content materials, NCHFH’s GREEN homes conserve natural resources, and improve air and water quality in the environment. Generally, green homes are more comfortable and durable, more energy and water efficient, and have a smaller overall environmental footprint than conventional homes.
It is Affordable: Homeowners with GREEN appliances and solar energy can save up to $500 dollars a year on their energy bills
It is Healthy: Living in a home built with non-toxic GREEN building materials can improve a families’ health.
Our GREEN building strategies:
NCHFH aims to provide affordable homes while achieving the LEED rating points
Standard GREEN features of our LEED certified Habitat for Humanity homes:
-Solar photovoltaic systems
-Xeri-scape, native plants with no water landscaping
-ENERGY STAR appliances
-ENERGY STAR lighting
-Recycled content insulation
-Rinnai Tankless/On Demand Water Heaters
-High efficiency water fixtures
-Non-toxic, Low VOC paint products
-Compact development: preserves open space for Habitat
-Walk-able distance from community distance, which reduces car use
-Low flow toilets
-LEED Certified Flooring: SmartStrand Carpet, with recycled and renewable materials
-Reduced construction waste and building material recycling
-15% better than Title 24 California Energy Code
-Various tests to ensure proper installation and air sealing to guarantee good performance
We believe it is possible to build affordable GREEN homes for local families and would like to become a model for other GREEN builds in the community.