Habitat for Humanity begins work on eco-friendly home

Habitat for Humanity is well known for building simple and affordable homes, but now, they’re trying their hand at green building. Their first eco-friendly home is being built in Pontiac, Michigan and is aiming for a Platinum LEED certification.

It has a long list of features that will save energy, from a foam-insulated foundation to a tankless water heater. It will have floors of environmentally friendly cork or bamboo, and a sloping roof that could someday accommodate solar panels.

Gontina Building & Design, a design firm with an eye for sustainability, is responsible for the design of the home. They’ve designed high-end LEED-certified homes, but they also aim to show that lower-cost homes are capable of achieving a Platinum LEED rating.

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