Habitat for Humanity builds green homes. To reduce the burden of energy prices on its homeowners, Habitat created this net Zero Energy Building in Laudon County, Tennessee. The house boasts two kilowatts of grid-connected photovoltaics, energy-efficient windows, structurally insulated panels and energy-efficient appliances.
ORNAL; COURTESY GRAHAM DAVIS
Fourteen-year-old Sua-Ahira Felix lives in a rammed-earth home she and her family helped build with support from the Tucson, Arizona, Habitat for Humanity affiliate.
This energy-efficient Habitat for Humanity home near Santa Fe, New Mexico, was built with 18-inch-thick straw bale walls.
With their sweat equity, and the guidance and sponsorship of Habitat for Humanity, the Valadez family built their energy- and material-efficient Earth Smart home in Denver, Colorado. A solar collector mounted on the rooftop helps heat the household's water.
Homeowners help build their homes as part of the Habitat for Humanity program.
COURTESY TUCSON HABITAT FOR HUMANITY