Habitat for Humanity focuses on green homes
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
Hammer & Hand carpenters volunteered for Habitat for Humanity which is focusing on green building in Portland.
After finding a volunteer opportunity for its carpenters with Habitat for Humanity Portland Metro/East, Portland-based Hammer & Hand also found a kindred spirit in the quest for greener, more efficient homes.
In a blog post, Hammer & Hand's Zack Semke described the project the design-build company is working on, finishing six Habitat for Humanity Rivergate Commons project in North Portland.
David Bonn, director of housing development at Habitat Portland/Metro East, is a LEED for Homes Accredited Professional and was the architect for the Juneberry Lane affordable housing project which earned a top LEED award in October.
Bonn explained to Hammer & Hand that his Habitat for Humanity operation routines builds homes for $75 per square foot that cost $200 per year to heat.
"We go to all this trouble to get our clients a great affordable mortgage, it only makes sense to deliver a home that is as energy efficient as it can be," Bonn said.
Semke said Habitat's no-nonsense model — "not about the latest bamboo flooring," he wrote — is akin to Passive House construction which is primarily concerned with energy efficiency and "the carbon footprint of the structure over its lifetime."
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