The nonprofit Habitat for Humanity in Buffalo, N.Y., renovates 10-12 homes a year built by a largely volunteer workforce, and they make sure to take the extra steps to make these projects green.
“First, we don’t take donated homes sight unseen, we do a thorough assessment with a focus on structural integrity and moisture management. We look for leaks,” the organization’s chair of construction Don Marx tells Green Building Advisor.
Afterwards, they take everything down to bare studs, as every home gets new heating, plumbing, electrical, insulation, and air sealing, led by trades people, to make sure the homes are as efficient as possible.
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