San Diego Habitat for Humanity® (SDHFH) has made significant modifications in the design and construction of its homes to make them increasingly self-sustaining, reducing maintenance costs for the partner families as well as the need for repairs and upgrades. Smart design incorporates eco-friendly and recycled materials, energy efficient appliances and lighting, and drought tolerant plants and trees.
James Hardie® Building Materials has stepped forward as a major contributor to SDHFH’s eco-conscious plans. The world leader in fiber cement exterior siding and backerboard for homes, James Hardie has committed more than $50,000 worth of product to help build “green-friendly” shelter for families in San Diego County. The company’s products provide beautiful, low maintenance home exteriors that deliver long-term protection — in addition to being noncombustible and termite resistant.
James Hardie Project Contributions
Three, single-family homes currently under construction. The James Hardie donation of eco-friendly fiber cement siding contributed to the development’s expected Platinum certification, the highest green rating level a home can receive through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system.
James Hardie also donated fiber cement siding to four homes in El Cajon being built in partnership with the Jimmie Johnson Foundation. Homes in the El Cajon development showcase a variety of sustainable features including solar panels and recycled doors and windows from the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, solar water heaters, tile flooring, drought tolerant landscaping, ENERGY STAR-rated appliances, zero-emission VOC paint, and Forest Stewardship Council-certified products — in addition to the James Hardie siding.
James Hardie also provided HardiePlank lap siding and HardieTrim for the 2008 and 2009 Builder Blitzes, where four homes were built in five days, each year! In addition to the James Hardie siding, the homes include tankless water heaters, drip irrigation systems and drought tolerant landscaping, tile floors, ENERGY STAR appliances, dual pane windows, and solar panels. The entire development has solar street lights.