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Building Standards

Habitat for Humanity of Missoula completed its 45th in Missoula County in 2012 with the Danzer Family. This three-bedroom home was constructed by volunteers from the Missoula community. After completing Energy Star tests by Huff Construction, this well constructed home received a 5 star energy rating along with a HERS rating of 42. Habitat for Humanity of Missoula homes are quality built homes and use 60% less energy than a standard code built home.

Habitat for Humanity of Missoula adheres to Energy Star guidelines when building our homes. These standards include using or installing:

  • ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms) for all foundation and basement walls resulting in a greater R-Value
  • SIPs (Structural Insulated Panel) for exterior wall construction
  • Energy saving insulated windows
  • Spray foam insulation on all door and window openings as well as any other leaks into the panel walls to prevent air seepage
  • Blow-in and foam insulation in attic for high density R-Value
  • A HVAC system for fresh air without the loss/gain of inside temperature
  • On-demand water heaters to reduce energy usage

In 2011, we are also planning to incorporate the new Visitability standards into our building process. Homes built to Visitability standards are accessible to and allow for greater flexibility when the home is visited by or sold to a person with mobility difficulties. A home is considered to meet Visitability standards when it meets three basic requirements:

  • At least one no-step entrance
  • Doors and hallways wide enough for wheelchair navigation
  • One bathroom on the main floor with maneuver space for a wheelchair