Part of ELAC USGBC Club’s mission is to bring awareness, not only to issues of sustainability, but to issues or adequate, healthy, and affordable housing; which is why ELAC USGBC Club partnered with Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles to do their part in bringing awareness to this issue for World Habitat Day.
“World Habitat Day is the one day set aside annually to recognize the basic right of all humanity to adequate shelter, and to encourage grassroots action toward ending poverty housing.”
ELAC USGBC decided that for World Habitat Day 2014 they would participate, hands-on, in the construction of a Habitat for Humanity single family home located in Lynnwood, California.
As an added benefit to ELAC USGBC Club, every Habitat for Humanity home is also a “Green” or LEED accredited home.
“Green Building elements [improve] the affordability and sustainability for homeowners and the communities in which they live. Green Building means addressing certain core elements during the stages of planning, design, development and construction.”
Some of the practices involved in building a LEED home are by using recyclable building materials, energy friendly green siding, thermal pane windows and doors, recycled carpets among others. This experience is particularly beneficial to ELAC USGBC Club, as pursuing LEED certification is a goal of club members.