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At Habitat NOVA, Earth Day is year round as we continue building homes that include earth-friendly, energy saving features.

Our latest innovation?  Recycled denim blue jeans that are providing insulation for two new Habitat homes in Northern Virginia.

Recycled denim from blue jeans will help keep these homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer in the form of denim insulation generously donated to Habitat NOVA from Cotton, Inc.  The insulation is being used in the two homes currently under construction on Clayborne Avenue in Fairfax County.

Cotton, Inc.’s Blue Jean Go Green program collects donated denim and upcycles it into UltraTouchTM Denim Insulation made from 80% post-consumer recycled denim. UltraTouch is made from high-quality natural fibers that are extremely effective in sound absorption and thermal performance. Not only is the insulation environmentally friendly, but it is just as effective as traditional fiberglass insulation and much easier to install with no fiberglass itch.

The two homes on Clayborne Avenue will be constructed to EarthCraft Gold standards. EarthCraft is a green building certification program which measures the energy efficiency of the home. EarthCraft guidelines address elements such as water conservation, energy-efficient appliances, air quality, etc. The energy efficiency of the homes will lower the homeowner’s energy costs, helping to maintain the affordability and provide the residents with a healthy living environment.

The homes will also include solar panels. Solar panels are another way to reduce utility bills and create a healthy environment for the families and the community.

Want an easy way to support environmentally friendly building? Donate your denim! Click here for your local drop-off location.