Basically, “sustain” means “continue”. When we build “simple, decent, affordable” we would like these qualities to continue through the life of the home. This means building a house that is as affordable to maintain as it is to purchase. Energy efficiency ensures more affordable utility bills every month. Healthy indoor air in the home decreases money spent on respiratory illnesses and time spent out of work and school*. Accessibility features – that is, homes designed to accommodate limited mobility – are usable and comfortable through all stages and conditions of life. Sustainable Building just means including features that will continue affordability for HFH partner families for the long-term of their home.
Wondering how to do that and how much it costs? Have a look at “Sustainable – How, How Much” on the HFHMN Construction website.
*National Center for Healthy Housing, A New Prescription for Asthma Suffers: Healthier Homes. http://www.nchh.org/portals/0/contents/breathe_easy_r2.pdf