Habitat for Humanity builds houses around the world according to the same guiding principles.
Habitat houses in the United States and Canada are typically built using wood frame construction with Gypsum board interior walls, vinyl siding and asphalt shingle roofs. Some affiliates also use proven alternative building materials such as adobe or straw bale construction.
Our commitment to build homes for low income families extends to those who are disabled or able-bodied. We serve veterans and nonveterans alike, be it a one person home or more. When possible, Habitat houses incorporate basic accessible design features, such as a zero-step entrance and wide passage doors and hallways. Houses built in partnership with families with disabilities include additional accessibility features.
Habitat and the Environment
Habitat is committed to resource- and energy-efficient building practices. Habitat’s Construction Technologies department provides our affiliates with construction techniques that conserve natural resources and reduce long-term costs for Habitat homeowners.