Our Commitment to Sustainable Building
We believe that we have a responsibility to our community and to our partner families to build houses that are eco-friendly, sustainable and that demonstrate sincere stewardship for our natural resources. Welcome, our Eco Village project! Working closely with a myriad of local, national and international partners, our Eco Village project presents as one of the first sustainable neighborhood developments in the country to receive the LEED for Homes Platinum designations – recognized as one of the highest sustainability standards in the building industry.The Eco Village project that St. Croix Valley Habitat for Humanity and its community partners are pursuing represents a growing number of progressive and innovative community building projects within Habitat for Humanity. The project is an impressive model of sustainable community development that has the potential to greatly benefit families economically and socially.— Larry Gluth, Senior Vice President for US & Canada, Habitat for Humanity International
Eco Village homes are built beyond typical code standards, and offer a super-insulated design that drastically reduce the demand on heating and cooling systems, thereby conserving vital energy resources. These homes exceed net-zero energy consumption, thanks to roof mounted photovoltaic panels and integrated solar hot water systems, LED lighting, energy efficient windows donated by Andersen Windows and mechanical systems by Uponor, and a lot more.
The neighborhood is also judicious in its stewardship of our water resources and will contribute to homeowners’ bottom lines (and pantry shelves) with shared community gardening space, edible landscaping around homes, innovative storm water mitigation and rainwater collection systems. Check out our Anchor Partners Page to learn about the contributors to this historic and nationally recognized effort.