High-performance homes provide compelling benefits for all homeowners, but no sector is better served than affordable housing. These are the homeowners that most need the reduced costs of ownership and maintenance associated with these homes. This Top Innovation award recognizes Building America research projects from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Building Science Corporation, and Building America Partnership for Improved Residential Construction that have paved the way for affordable housing providers such as Habitat for Humanity.

Habitat for Humanity is now the sixth largest builder in the United States, and recommends that all of its affiliates build to ENERGY STAR® standards. Thanks to substantial guidance from Building America on projects across the country, many of Habitat’s 1,500 U.S. affiliates have built homes that meet the criteria. Read about this Top Innovation.

See another example of this Top Innovation in action. Find more case studies of Building America projects across the country that provide affordable housing to homeowners via Habitat for Humanity.

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