Homeowner education initiative supports maintenance of affordable, healthier homes
DAVIDSON, N.C. and ATLANTA (Oct. 6, 2020) — A family’s first home brings excitement and emotions, opening up possibilities and providing a foundation for stability and growth. Becoming a new homeowner also brings new challenges and responsibilities of maintenance and repairs to keep the home safe and comfortable.
That’s the reason that Trane Technologies plc (NYSE: TT), a global climate innovator, and Habitat for Humanity International, the world’s leading housing nonprofit, are teaming up on a national initiative called “Indoor Climate and Maintenance Education” ̶ I-CLIME ̶ which will equip new Habitat homeowners with resources for maintaining comfortable, healthier and energy-efficient homes without breaking the bank.
“Our commitment to sustainability extends to the communities where we live and work; this is why we’re partnering with organizations like Habitat for Humanity to increase economic mobility and access to safe, affordable, and healthier housing,” said Jason Bingham, president of Trane Technologies’ Residential HVAC & Supply business. “I-CLIME means empowering new homeowners to take care of their homes. The goal of this program is to help families succeed, revitalize communities and contribute to a healthier planet.”
“At Habitat, we know that an affordable home is not just about the purchase price, but also about the cost to heat, cool and maintain the home over time,” said Julie Laird Davis, vice president of corporate and cause marketing partnerships at Habitat for Humanity International. “By partnering with Trane Technologies, we’ll be able to help more families succeed with Habitat and keep their housing costs even lower.”
I-CLIME will launch in Charlotte, N.C. with a series of educational resources for Habitat homebuyers focused on topics including preventative maintenance, appliance care, and warranties, as well as strategies for energy efficiency and indoor air quality. Habitat for Humanity and Trane Technologies expect the partnership to expand to additional markets in 2021 to benefit hundreds of families, helping to reduce the energy intensity and greenhouse gas emissions for those households served.
Trane Technologies employees will also volunteer with Habitat for Humanity on local home builds, as well as support fundraising and in-kind giving. These efforts are part of the company’s 2030 Sustainability Commitments that include a pledge to reduce its customers’ carbon emissions by 1 gigaton (2 percent of the world’s annual emissions), bring its own operations to carbon neutral, and create community opportunities through investments in education and workforce development, housing and comfort, and food and wellness.
About Trane Technologies
Trane Technologies is a global climate innovator. Through our strategic brands Trane® and Thermo King®, and our environmentally responsible portfolio of products and services, we bring efficient and sustainable climate solutions to buildings, homes and transportation. www.tranetechnologies.com.
About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.
Melinda Rowland, Trane Technologies
Samantha Schikowski, Habitat for Humanity