It’s encouraging for the economy to see new housing continue in the Central Florida area and it’s even more encouraging to find “green” construction being used as the standard.
Recently I visited the Staghorn Villas townhomes, an $8 million, 58-townhouse community, off Silver Star Road in west Orlando in order to see, firsthand, Habitat Orlando’s most energy efficient development to date as they received an ENERGY STAR rating on the first two completed buildings, which included a multitude of features to conserve energy:
- R-30 insulation
- Low VOC paint
- Recycled carpet
- Low flow toilets
- Compact fluorescent lighting fixtures
- ENERGY STAR refrigerators and front load washers
- Water efficient fixtures – shower heads, and bath and kitchen faucets
- White roof shingles
- Boracare termite treatment (environmentally friendly)
- Drought resistance plants and Bahia sod
- Foil-backed Oriented Strand Board (OSB) roof sheathing
- Low-emittance double pane windows
- 14 SEER heat pump
The comfortable homes feature welcoming front porches, a breakfast nook in the spacious kitchen, and bedrooms upstairs. Each unit makes good use of natural lighting and has drought tolerant landscaping.
“In everything we do, we keep an eye on affordability and sustainability,” explained Jennifer Gallagher, volunteer manager, Habitat Orlando.
The Energy Star rating was made possible largely through partnerships with the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) and Siemens.
“Thanks to these innovative contributions from OUC and Siemens, the townhomes at Staghorn Villas are the most energy-efficient homes that we have ever built,” said Dee Danmeyer, executive director of Habitat Orlando. “We are appreciative of all our donors and partners who are helping to ensure that Orlando families have a comfortable place to call home.”
Habitat Orlando is one of approximately 2,100 local affiliates of Habitat for Humanity International whose mission is to bring together families and individuals in need with volunteers of all faiths in a partnership with community resources to build homes, strengthen neighborhoods and improve the community. Habitat for Humanity Orlando is a not-for-profit, Christian organization dedicated to transforming the lives of low-income, hard working families through the American dream of homeownership.
Habitat for Humanity Orlando