Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties
Partner of the Year - New Home Builder and Affordable Housing
Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco Counties, an affordable home builder and volunteer organization, constructed 28 ENERGY STAR® certified homes in 2022, for a total of more than 300 homes since joining the program in 2012. Key 2022 accomplishments include:
- Making homeownership affordable for underserved families by reducing their energy bills by 40% relative to code-built homes and 60%–70% relative to older rental units.
- Educating homeowners and local community members about the features and benefits of ENERGY STAR certified homes through its homeownership classes and home dedication ceremonies attended by public officials, board members, sponsors, donors, volunteers, neighbors, and family members.
- Promoting ENERGY STAR across all marketing materials, including websites, social media posts, and on-site signage.
- Requiring new homeowners to attend home energy training classes as a condition of homeownership.