A partnership between Addison Homes and Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County has earned mention in the “High Performance Home Building Guide for Habitat for Humanity Affiliates.”
The Greenville-based homebuilder and the local non-profit affiliate were the only South Carolina entities highlighted in the national guide, which was prepared by the Federation of American Scientists to assist Habitat for Humanity programs across the country in their efforts to build sustainable housing. The publication provides comprehensive advice to Habitat affiliates and other affordable housing advocates on building high-performance homes utilizing cost-effective, volunteer-friendly materials and techniques.
The Addison/Habitat partnership was one of only nine examples of successful programs featured in the guide. Todd Usher, president of Addison Homes, has partnered with Habitat Greenville for the past three years as an energy-efficiency consultant and third party rater. Together, the homebuilder and non-profit build and certify 15-20 homes per year to ENERGY STAR® and EarthCraft House™ standards.
“Addison Homes is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity as we merge our commitment to building green with the goal of providing decent housing for all families,” Usher says. “We want to dispel the myth that high-performance construction cannot be cost-effective. You can build a green house—one that’s healthier, more comfortable and more durable—that’s also affordable.”
Monroe Free, president of Habitat for Humanity of Greenville County, agrees. “This effort is good for the families we serve and the Greenville community as a whole. We’re grateful for the chance to be part of this program.”
About Addison Homes:
Addison Homes builds all of its homes to rigorous ENERGY STAR® and EarthCraft House™ standards. As a leader in sustainable, high-performance building, Addison Homes has received numerous awards and recognition including the 2011 Green Building Advocate of the Year Award from the National Association of Home Builders; 2011 Certified Graduate Builder of the Year Award from NAHB; 2010 Safety Award for Excellence from NAHB/Builders Mutual Insurance Company; 2010 Finalist, America’s Best Builder Award from BUILDER magazine; 2009 Builder of the Year Award from the Home Builders Association of Greenville; 2008 Individual Environmental Stewardship Award from the Upstate Chapter of the US Green Building Council; Upstate Forever’s 2008 Sustainable Communities Champion; and 2007 EarthCraft House™ Regional Builder of the Year Award.