Durham Habitat honored for saving energy

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The Durham News
By Flo Johnston 

Habitat for Humanity of Durham has been honored as a National Green Building Standard Green Partner for building energy-efficient homes with low-income neighbors in the city.

Home Innovation Research Labs recognizes Green Partners for advancing green building in their communities. Durham Habitat was one of 18 residential building companies honored across the country.

“Affordable housing and green housing go hand-in-hand,” said Blake Strayhorn, executive director of Durham Habitat. “I’m proud of the progress we have made.”

Durham Habitat homes are certified at the NGBS Bronze level and use techniques that reduce energy and water consumption, as well as improve indoor air quality by using durable and environmentally responsible construction methods.

Each year, Habitat helps nearly 75 families achieve home ownership in the city.

Habitat Success Stories

Lal is a Burmese refugee who came to Durham after stops in India and Thailand. Lal partnered with Habitat and the Durham Literacy Center to renovate a historic home in East Durham. “There is no more fear,” Lal said. “We won’t have to move again because the home belongs to us.”

Lal