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The Gold Standard

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     Since 2007, every Habitat Kent constructed home has been LEED certified. This certification means that each home represents the highest standards of sustainable building practices and healthy living quality. According to their website LEED “is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.”

     Out of 150 built LEED certified homes by Habitat Kent, one of the most recent homes in Grand Rapids, MI is a flagship in construction quality. 1561 Rathbone SW was originally an ignored home in near inhabitable conditions. This rehab project began construction in the summer heat and was host to hundreds of volunteers toiling through the dust and rotting lumber. But in half a year, the once debilitated structure stood out among the crisp winter snow as a beautiful new home for Blu and his young family. 

     Not only did the family move into a safe and aesthetically pleasing home, they are living in a gold certified LEED rehab home. This means the home will be healthy, have reduced energy costs, and durable over a long period of time. It also symbolizes how Habitat Kent can take something that may have been once ignored and create something valuable that will impact generations. 

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(Early construction on the soon-to-be LEED Gold home.)

     Without the help of donors and a grant from the Wyoming Foundation, the Habitat Kent home at 1561 Rathbone wouldn’t be the safe, affordable, and a healthy home for the family. 

     Interested in learning more about LEED and green construction at Habitat Kent? Stay tuned to our blog and social media this month to learn more. 





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