Habitat is committed to resource- and energy-efficient architecture practices. Habitat’s Architecture Technologies administration provides our affiliates with architecture techniques that conserve accustomed assets and abate abiding costs for Habitat homeowners. For added information.
Simple, appropriate and affordable.Habitat for Humanity houses about the apple are congenital according to the aforementioned allegorical principles:
* Simple.Habitat houses are modestly-sized. They are ample abundant for the homeowner family’s needs, but baby abundant to accumulate architecture and aliment costs to a minimum.
* Decent. Habitat for Humanity uses quality, locally-available architecture materials. Habitat abode designs reflect the bounded altitude and culture.
* Affordable.The activity of volunteers and accomplice families, able architecture methods, bashful abode sizes and no-profit loans accomplish it affordable for low-income families to acquirement Habitat houses.
Habitat houses in North America
Habitat houses in the United States and Canada are about congenital application copse anatomy construction, Gypsum lath autogenous walls, vinyl balustrade and city bank roofs. Some affiliates additionally use accurate another architecture abstracts such as adobe or harbinger array construction.
U.S. and Canadian Habitat houses are modestly-sized by North American standards. Habitat’s guidelines behest that a 3-bedroom Habitat abode may accept no added than 1,050 aboveboard anxiety of active space.
Habitat for Humanity’s allegation to body with bodies in allegation readily extends to those with disabilities. When possible, Habitat houses absorb basal attainable architecture features, such as a zero-step access and advanced access doors and hallways. Houses congenital in affiliation with families with disabilities accommodate added accessibility features.
Habitat houses about the world .From the close islands of the Philippines to the mountains of Chile, Habitat builds houses advised for the bounded setting. International affiliates body with locally-available materials, abbreviation costs and authoritative it easier for homeowners to advance the houses. For example, houses in abounding African countries are complete with accursed adobe artery and asphalt roofs fabricated of adhesive or accursed clay. Houses in Latin America generally are congenital with accurate block or adobe walls and metal roofs. Houses in the Pacific are generally congenital with copse frames are complete on stilts. People of altered countries use their houses in altered ways. Habitat’s abode designs reflect these cultural considerations. Meals are adapted outdoors in abounding African countries; there Habitat affairs alarm for a kitchen breadth alfresco the house. In the Philippines, laundry and added affairs commonly are done on a baby alfresco account porch, so Filipino Habitat abode designs reflect this custom.
Habitat houses in developing countries are generally appreciably abate than their North American counterparts. No amount area they are built, Habitat abode sizes consistently are advised to accommodated the homeowner families’ needs while befitting costs as low as possible. Doing so keeps the houses affordable to low-income families.