In Tulsa, Okla., Tulsa Habitat for Humanity joined forces with Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa on an inspiring project: the first-ever green-certified Habitat home using exclusively American-made products.
The home will be certified to the National Green Building Standard by the NAHB Research Center, making it the second green-certified Habitat home in Tulsa. Some of the eco-friendly features that put the home on track for this green certification include a geothermal heating and cooling system and advanced insulation products. These touches — along with high efficiency appliances — will also help to qualify the home for the PSO Energy Star Home Program while helping the new homeowner save cash and carbon over the long term.
Tulsa Habitat and the Home Builders Association of Greater Tulsa have gotten together on this sort of thing before, as this is their second GreenBlitz project. But this home goes further in considering its greater impact, not only on the local environment but on the local economy (in a broad sense). That’s because every screw, plank of lumber, window and light fixture was manufactured right here in the U.S. of A.
The goal is to showcase American-made products and maximize the project’s impact on the American economy — for instance, John Madden, a certified green builder from Tulsa and chairman of the GreenBlitz project, cited a recent report finding that if every builder in America used 5 percent more American products, 220,000 jobs would be created.
“When Tulsa builders heard the report,” he said, in a statement, “we made a collective decision to rise to the challenge by using more American-made products in our individual businesses and to promote the concept among the building community and the general public alike. Expanding the GreenBlitz project for Habitat for Humanity to be 100 percent American-made was the perfect opportunity to further the initiative.”
The new home was dedicated on Saturday, Oct. 27., when the keys were presented to the single mother/home buyer it was constructed to serve, who has completed the Tulsa Habitat for Humanity program.