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.