Habitat University

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Whether on our construction sites, at our ReStores, or at our office one of the greatest goals of Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver is to educate and share. We teach volunteers how to build homes and how recycling helps our mission and the environment. We teach visitors how stable homes can transform lives and how volunteerism can change whole communities. We teach partner families how to affordably purchase and maintain their homes.

Habitat University is our online resource for extending these teaching opportunities to a much broader audience--and to put the power of learning about Habitat in your hands.

Please research as many topics below as interest you – and check back regularly to see which new topics have been added as we continue developing this new resource.

The 100-level courses serve as an introduction to Habitat Denver, from our mission and history to our Partner Families and our commitment to Green Building. These are a perfect way to familiarize yourself with our organization.

The 200-level courses cover some of our most-commonly used and highest priority safety policies on our construction sites. These are built for our staff, Regular Volunteers, and Crew Leaders to keep updated on our safety practices and to use as an on-site reference.

The 300-level courses are a comprehensive curriculum of our Standard Work Practices for New Construction. Topics range from initial framing through drywall and interior trim, and the presentations combine step-by-step instructions with easy-reference standards for construction. If you’ve ever been curious how we build, please feel free to read through the presentations that interest you and then sign up to use those skills on one of our construction sites!

100 - Introduction to Habitat and Volunteering
200 - Safety on Site

All of these courses are meant to be paired with supervised work on site to practice application and implementation.

It is the responsibility of every visitor to every Habitat site to abide by all of the safety policies set out by HFHMD to ensure a safe work site and experience for everyone.

As such, it is the responsibility of every staff member and volunteer in a leadership role to be knowledgable of all pertinent safety policies, to implement, enforce, and inspect them, and to always lead by safe example.

201 - Introduction to Safety

202 - PPE and Safe Sites

203 - Safe Tool Use

204 - Heights Safety

300 - Standard Work Practices for Construction

All of these courses are meant to be paired with supervised work on site to practice application and implementation.

Every home we build will be slightly different--unique in its combination of location, layout, color schemes, and details tailored to each family's specific needs and to fit within an existing community's style.

However, the quality and the types of details used need to be standardized so that every Habitat family receives the same high-quality finish.

Keeping to a set of established guidelines will also ensure that the materials ordered for each home are used efficiently in the correct locations, and will help keep homes within budget and affordable for families to purchase. 

To ensure consistency, encourage efficiency, and simplify the task of picking up where another crew left off, we hold all of our staff and volunteer leaders to these Standard Work Practices.

301 - Framing: Walls

302 - Framing: Roofs

  • Installing Trusses
  • Bracing and Subfascia
  • Sheathing

303 - Home Dry-In

304 - Siding Installation

305 - Shingling

  • Preparation and Terminology
  • Flashing
  • Shingles, Ridges, and Valleys

306 - Envelope and Insulation

307 - Hanging Drywall

308 - Interior Trim (MDF)