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Local Habitat for Humanity gets grant to build energy efficient homes

Douglas County Habitat for Humanity is among 136 recipients selected to participate in a national "green building" initiative.

It's part of an effort between Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation.

Launched in 2009, the Partners in Sustainable Building Program is a $30 million, five-year program aimed at helping Habitat affiliates in the United States incorporate sustainable building practices in 5,000 Habitat homes.

Each Habitat organization receiving a Partners in Sustainable Building grant will receive $3,000 for each home built to a standard equivalent to Energy Star and up to $5,000 for each home built to a higher green standard.

The selected Habitat affiliates are expected to build 2,400 homes in 2010-2011.

"We are extremely grateful to Habitat for Humanity International and The Home Depot Foundation for selecting Douglas County Habitat as a Partners in Sustainable Building grant recipient," said local Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Lori Anderson. "We will use the funding on the homes we are building with low-income families in need."

Since the program was established, nearly 1,500 homes have been certified nationwide. By incorporating practices such as creating a tight building envelope and using efficient, durable materials in the construction process, many of these homes achieved green building certification with little additional cost, according to Habitat leaders.

"We believe that healthy homes are the building blocks for thriving, affordable and environmentally sound communities," said Kelly Caffarelli, president of The Home Depot Foundation. "Through our partnership with Habitat for Humanity, we are focused on bringing the practical financial and health benefits of green building and maintenance to families of modest incomes. By showing that green building and efficient maintenance of a home can truly keep more money in a family's wallet, we also hope this effort has a ripple effect on all homeowners nationwide."

Partners in Sustainable Building is the first partnership between The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat for Humanity International at the national level in the United States. For more information about the PSB program, visit