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CORE – Change for Better: Habitat for Humanity’s Green Building Mantra

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Posted May 11, 2017 by edanneker

When Scott Gilbert, president of Habitat for Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley, describes how his team works, he pulls from the modern Japanese concept of kaizen, or “change for better.” This commitment to continuous improvement, made famous in business circles by Toyota (with whom Gilbert previously worked), fits the organization to a tee.

“We have used kaizen to inspire our team to be better and better at our daily work and outcomes, and to raise our sights as to what we could achieve.” It’s worked so well, he says, that “We have, quite frankly, even surprised ourselves.”

Not only do they aim to create more affordable housing more quickly, increasingly the organization wants to build the most affordable green homes possible.

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