Habitat for Humanity builds houses around the world according to the same guiding principles:
Our houses are modestly sized. They are large enough for the family’s needs, but small enough to keep construction and maintenance costs to a minimum.
We only use quality, locally available building materials. Habitat home designs reflect the local climate and culture.
The labor of volunteers and partner families, efficient building methods, modest house sizes and non-profit loans make it affordable for low-income families to purchase Habitat houses.
Habitat homes are built using wood frame construction, Gypsum board interior walls, concrete composite siding, and asphalt shingle roofs. Our homes are modestly sized, by local standards, as well as built with quality and affordability in mind.
Our commitment to build with people in need extends to those with disabilities. When possible, Habitat houses incorporate basic accessible design features, such as a zero-step entrance and wide passage doors and hallways. Houses built in partnership with families with disabilities include additional accessibility features.
Habitat and the Environment
Habitat is committed to resource and energy efficient building practices. Habitat’s Construction Technologies department provides our affiliates with construction techniques that conserve natural resources and reduce long-term costs for Habitat homeowners.