Habitat for Humanity builds energy efficient homes, sustainable for years

Posted at 3:23 PM, Jul 09, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Habitat for Humanity strives to make home ownership accessible and affordable for families in Kentucky.

Now, they want to make their homes sustainable for people to live in for years.

The house that LEX 18 has been helping with is coming along on Betty Hope Lane.

Habitat builders told LEX 18 that it is what you will find inside of the walls that set this home apart from the others.

Habitat for Humanity homes are built to be 30 to 40 percent more efficient than a standard, up-to-code home.

Construction Manager Houston Royster said they use extra blue board installation in walls, extra sealing and energy-saving hot water heaters.

"When we build energy efficient homes that's really impactful for homeowners because they experience reduced energy costs and that contributes to permanently affordable homes for the rest of their lives," said Royster.

The energy efficient techniques Habitat for Humanity uses are considered cutting edge and you won't see these features on many other homes in Central Kentucky.

Habitat for Humanity also builds homes with wider hallways and other features that are disability friendly, so homeowners can stay comfortable as they age.