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BA-PIRC - Habitat for Humanity Partnership

Southeast Volusia HFH home in
New Smyrna Beach, FL

The BA-PIRC-Habitat for Humanity partnership, formed in 1995 at Habitat’s Environmental Initiative Kickoff, has brought BA-PIRC into the design, construction, and evaluation process of over 500 Habitat homes across the nation built by dozens of Habitat for Humanity affiliates in more than 20 states.

Affordable housing should be affordable to live in, not just affordable to buy. Energy efficiency and building science measures for safety, durability, and indoor air quality help reduce long-term costs.

BA-PIRC is actively seeking Habitat partners for high performance new construction and renovations. Are you up to the challenge?

Contact Janet McIlvaine: janet@fsec.ucf.edu


Check out the case studies below to see how BA-PIRC's Habitat for Humanity partners build performance affordable homes. The first three showcase recipients of Department of Energy Housing Innovation Awards.

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New Construction Case Studies


Southeast Volusia HFH wins U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home 2014 Housing Innovation Award in Edgewater, FL


HFH South Sarasota County wins U.S. Department of Energy Zero Energy Ready Home 2014 Housing Innovation Award in Nokomis, FL


Southeast Volusia County HFH completed its first U.S. Department of Energy Challenge Home in Edgewater, FL


Southeast Volusia County HFH raised ceiling interior duct system built in New Smyrna, FL


Southeast Volusia HFH home in New Smyrna Beach, FL


Gulf Coast High Performance Affordable Housing Demonstration Project in Lousiana and Alabama


South Sarasota County HFH's Garden Park townhome community in Nokomis, FL


Orlando HFH's Stag Horn Villas in Orlando, FL


Indian River HFH's Grace Woods subdivision in Vero Beach, FL


Austin HFH home in Austin, TX


Jimmy Carter Work Project in Los Angeles, CA


Building America Partners with HFH


Sumter County HFH home in Plains, GA


Lakeland HFH home in Lakeland, FL
(Full Case Study)

Jimmy Carter LaGrange, GAJimmy Carter Work Project in LaGrange, GA


Loudon County HFH home in Loudon, TN


Moses Lake Washington
ENERGY STAR home in Moses Lake, WA



Adopt cost-effective, off-the-shelf, best practices for energy efficiency and building science to reduce risk and capitalize on opportunities in Florida affordable housing renovations. When fully implemented, these proven Retrofit Challenge practices produce approximately 30% whole house efficiency improvement.

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Retrofit Case Studies


HFH of Palm Beach County retrofit home
in Lake Worth, FL


HFH of Palm Beach County retrofit home in Lake Worth, FL


HFH of Brevard County, Inc.
retrofit home in Melbourne, FL



HFH of Brevard County, Inc.
retrofit home in Melbourne, FL

 

 

Habitat for Humanity Partnership - Early Experience
Our partnership with HFH began in 1995 during the rebuilding period after Hurricane Andrew struck Miami. This work included design assistance and a field study of energy use patterns in habitat homes: Read field study here Subsequently, we worked with HFH International to provide development support for strategic energy efficient goals and habitat affiliates in states around the country to provide design assistance and technical field support including Jimmy and Rosalin Carter projects and other blitz builds.

Building America Technical Assistance to Habitat for Humanity (Presentation)
Powerpoint presentation presented by Janet McIlvaine in February 2007.
At the request of HFHI’s Construction and Environmental Resources Department, Building America participated in a National Construction Leadership Training  event in Gautier, Mississippi. Building America researchers provided classroom and hands-on training to help participants sharpen their understanding of building science concepts - a core element of construction leadership.

For More Information

Contact Janet McIlvaine (janet@fsec.ucf.edu) or David Beal (david@fsec.ucf.edu)

Habitat for Humanity International Website

BA-PIRC Partner List