Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville achieves Energy Star, version 3 ahead of schedule.

Background

As part of their mission to provide decent, safe and affordable housing to those in need, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville (HFHGN) selected Wilmot Inc. to provide LEED for Homes services.

Results

In 2011, Wilmot helped HFHGN identify 11 unclaimed LEED points, become an early adopter of ENERGY STAR version 3.0, and implement other recommendations to achieve a 10% energy savings over the prior year’s LEED homes. These measures had a 7-year simple payback.

In 2012, Wilmot returned a Silver certification in record time, allowing HFHGN to meet an important grant deadline. These successes led HFHGN to hire Wilmot to help reach Gold certification and develop the next generation of all-electric homes, which consume 50% less energy than the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code requirement without photovoltaic panels.

Wilmot identified 7 more LEED points – available at no additional cost – resulting in Gold certification for HFHGN’s final 17 homes built in 2012.

In 2013, HFHGN approached Wilmot to continue the development of a “net-zero energy” test home, a project to experiment with concepts that can be applied to HFHGN’s next generation of homes. The team at Wilmot looks forward to continuing work with HFHGN as they lead the charge for affordable, energy efficient homes in Nashville.