Habitat for Humanity Orlando is currently constructing Staghorn Villas, a 58 unit town home community near Silver Star Road. Not only is this one of Habitat’s first multi-family communities it is also their most energy-efficient project to date. The community is comprised of 10 buildings with 4 to 8 units each. This $8 Million project was sponsored by Siemens, OUC, Lowes, Publix, Orlando Magic, HD Supply and several other charitable companies across Central Florida.
Some of the exterior green features include providing residents with open green spaces, play areas and low maintenance drought tolerant grasses. The home’s interiors feature compact fluorescent light bulbs, low VOC paint, recycled carpet, front loading energy star washing machines and energy star refrigerators.
The energy efficiency of these homes is also bolstered by incorporating a 14 SEER AC unit, white shingle roofs, double insulated low E windows, R30 ceiling insulation and R13 frame walls into the homes construction. Because of all these green features, Habitat for Humanity will be able to provide Energy Star Certification for each home constructed. These upgrades will surely help Staghorn Villas’s residents save some green each month on their utility bills.
If you would like an opportunity to volunteer on the job-site, check out some available build dates here. Not only can you help a good cause, get some exercise and meet some awesome people, but you can learn a bit more about green building from first hand experience. Hopefully it will inspire you to incorporate some green features into your home.