New Construction & Rehab
Since Harbor Habitat for Humanity was established in 1995, we have contructed and rehabilated over 100 homes in the Benton Harbor, Michigan area. We are the only local non-profit organization that requires sweat equity and offers zero-percent interest loans.
As the largest nonprofit homebuilder in the nation, we care about being resourceful. But this goes beyond ourselves: we're thinking about each family moving into a Habitat home. Through wise green building practices, we keep construction costs low and homes affordable for families once they move in. Here are just a few of the ways green building helps:
Homeowners Save Money
- Our advanced framing technique allows for more insulation—in fact, we exceed the insulation building code.
- We airseal the home by caulking every place 2 pieces of wood touch to minimize air loss.
- Each home is Energy-Star certified to reduce utility costs, making homebuyers eligible for down payment assistance.
- We install an Energy Recovery Ventilation Unit that recycles the home with fresh air, improving many cases of asthma and allergies.
- We use low VOC drywall adhesive to minimize fumes.
Our Community Works Together
- Our cabinetry is assembled by members workers in Michigan's prison-employment program.
- Master Gardeners work with homebuyers to design landscape plans using native plants.
Resources Are Conserved
- We divert 90% of waste materials from landfills to protect Earth's natural resources.
- We sort and recycle all wood, cardboard and concrete materials to reduce waste
and minimize sorting costs.