Habitat for Humanity gets energy smart builder title

Published on Tuesday, 22 April 2014 23:13 - Written by Staff Reports

Smith County Habitat for Humanity recently was designated a RESNET Energy Smart Builder. In order to qualify for RESNET (Residential Energy Services Network) certification, Smith County Habitat completed a rigorous course of training and consistently meets the RESNET high standards of excellence.

Smith County Habitat uses Argon filled double pane windows; low flow faucets, shower heads and toilets; and concrete composite siding. Every home also is fully insulated with spray foam insulation.

“Building energy efficient homes is good for the environment and the local economy,” said Jack Wilson, CEO of Smith County Habitat. “And our homeowners benefit from lower utility bills.”

Smith County Habitat has built 100 homes in Tyler since 1989 and began having its homes rated for energy efficiency in 2011. Since then, eight Habitat homes have received 5 Star Plus HERS energy efficient ratings, the highest rating possible.

The HERS (Home Energy Rating System) is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home’s energy performance.

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that believes decent, affordable housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty. The Smith County affiliate was formed in 1989.