At Habitat for Humanity of Kent County, we believe our role as being good stewards should apply to all aspects of our work and extend into the life of the homes we build. Our construction team strives to use a sustainable building model, effectively lowering utility bills, decreasing the impact on the environmentwhile creating a healthy home for our homeowners.
This philosophy of stewardship is exemplified through our pursuit of certification through third-party verification. Habitat looks to third-party certification programs to help guide decisions on the construction of homes. One certification program Habitat Kent utilizes is LEED for Homes. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design.
LEED is holistic approach, bringing together all of the various aspects of sustainability into one measurement system. These aspects include: healthy indoor air quality, location and public transportation availability, reduction of energy and water use, and durability. As of 2007, every new Habitat Kent home built is LEED certified.
To date Habitat Kent has built:
1 LEED Certified Home
59 LEED Silver Homes
62 LEED Gold Homes
8 LEED Platinum Homes
130 TOTAL LEED Certified Homes Built to date
At Habitat Kent we are proud to be leaders in green construction as well as building in the city of Grand Rapids that has the highest LEED buildings per capita than any other city.
The standards of LEED certification play an important role in our mission of building simple, decent and affordable homes.
Stay tuned for more information on Energy Star and Indoor Air Plus programs!
Click here for more information on LEED building thru Habitat Kent.