Sustainability is one of INHS’ main values and supports its mission to provide safe and quality housing for its community.

Sustainable homes not only help the environment by reducing the overall impact during and after construction, but it contributes towards many social and economic benefits.

There is a lack of suitable housing while population growth is increasing, and those with low to moderate incomes are often times put into unsafe housing conditions. This decreases the quality of life for those individuals and families. That is why INHS believes in sustainable housing which improves the life cycle of homes, and energy consumption in the home decreases, reducing INHS’ carbon footprint.

All INHS homes and developments are designed and built to high standards.

How to build sustainable homes and communities is the driving force behind each development. INHS uses smart growth principles to guide development to locations close to workplaces, services and transportation. We build homes that are among the most efficient in the country.

How INHS Builds Sustainably

INHS is a national real estate development leader in green building, and is one of the developers that helped to create the LEED for Homes building standards, the leading national residential green standard.

Our construction philosophy is: Build safe affordable housing using conventional, commonly available and tested materials in careful, science-based ways to balance affordability with longevity and sustainability.

To meet this goal, and to build long lasting homes that are energy efficient, INHS certifies its homes with three national programs:

  • Energy Star: For homes that are energy efficient and comfortable.
  • Indoor airPLUS: For homes that are healthy to live in.
  • LEED for Homes: For homes that are good for you, the community and the planet.

In 2019, INHS’ proposed project in the Village of Trumansburg, Village Grove, was selected as an award-winning project under New York State’s inaugural $40 million Buildings of Excellence Competition. Village Grove demonstrates low carbon performance, profitability, and the ability to be adopted broadly to bring the building to scale in New York State. Learn more here.

Sustainability in the Workplace

Preserving our carbon footprint goes beyond INHS’ development in the community, and continues into the workplace. The organization encourages its employees to implement best practices when it comes to recycling and using sustainable products where possible.

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