Green Awards

All new homes are built Energy Star Certified, LEED Certified and EPA Indoor Air Plus to use at least 15% less energy than the average new home.

In September 2012, at the 12th Annual Clean Air Excellence Awards, Dallas Habitat was a recipient of the National Clean Air Excellence Award, honoring projects and companies from across the United States for their work on clean air initiatives. Dallas Habitat is the only organization recognized by this prestigious award in the state of Texas, and one of only 11 companies/projects recognized nationwide.

At the 2011 Clean Air Through Energy Efficiency (CATEE) Conference, Dallas Area Habitat was awarded "Outstanding Non-Profit Oranization."  Each year, the CATEE Conference recognizes individuals, organizations and companies that have demonstrated outstanding and/or unique contributions to clean air through energy efficiency and/or renewable energy actions or programs.

Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity was honored to be nomitated for Best Green Building Program for 2011 for the presitigous McSam Awards by the Home Builders Association of Greater Dallas. This honor recognizes Dallas Habitat's commitment to building 100% of Dallas Area Habitat homes at or above the Energy Star guidelines.

1st ever Excellence in Environmental Practices Award by the Center for Nonprofit Management in November 2009.  This great honor confirms the Dallas communities’ shared interest in our mission, community service, and commitment in serving to preserve the environment.

In 2009 Dallas Habitat was awarded the Leadership in Housing Award from Energy Star
for building more than 250 Energy Stars qualified homes.

Our Green Building Standards

In 2004, Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity embraced the Green Building initiative to improve the overall sustainability and efficiency of our homes.

Our standard of building improves the long-term stability of the home, reduces utility costs for our homeowners and reduces the overall impact on the environment.

Dallas Habitat has also made it a priority to educate homeowners on the function and maintenance of the building systems to maximize sustainability and energy conservation.

Third party inspections of the building envelope ensure efficiency standards are kept at the highest level. With this in mind, Dallas Habitat has made a commitment to explore new and exciting improvements in green building practices that will be evolving for many years to come.

Our commitment to Green Building was further cemented in 2008 when we built 40 homes being built to LEED Silver standards, a major feat for any residential builder.

 All homes built since that time have been built to LEED standards, and will include over 300 homes planned by the end of 2012. 




In September of 2010, the EPA conducted a study which compares in detail the results of one of Dallas Habitat's homes in Frazier Court with the 2004 IECC standard reference house. The Energy Systems Lab was requested to calculate the emissions reductions associated with Dallas Habitat's Housing Project at Frazier Court, Dallas Texas. To view the details and results of this report please click here.