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Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver

Denver, Colorado

ENERGY STAR Award for Excellence

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver (HFHMD) focuses on building high-quality, energy-efficient homes to save low-income homeowners hundreds of dollars each year on utility costs. HFHMD is receiving ENERGY STAR recognition for its outstanding commitment to providing energy-efficient affordable housing and incorporating ENERGY STAR products and building practices into their homes. Key accomplishments include:

 

         Completing 36 new energy-efficient, ENERGY STAR certified homes in 2011, providing permanent and affordable housing to more than 150 adults and children--100 percent of its homes are ENERGY STAR certified.

         Bringing the total number of ENERGY STAR certified new homes built to 310, saving homeowners more than $1.1 million over the life of the homes.

         Partnering with EPA to construct homes that meet the new more stringent ENERGY STAR Version 3 requirements as well as the requirements of EPA's Indoor airPLUS and WaterSense programs. More than 60 spectators and local media attended a kickoff event to announce the partnership, and articles about the event were published in local newspapers.

         Equipping all new ENERGY STAR certified homes with ENERGY STAR qualified products, including refrigerators, front-loading clothes washers, and CFL bulbs in all light fixtures.

         Encouraging other Habitat for Humanity affiliates to support the ENERGY STAR New Homes program by participating in a webinar with EPA and promoting its partnership in outreach materials, volunteer trainings, and on its website.