A Pontiac resident just moved into the metro areas first “green” house. No, not where you grow tomatoes and tulips, that would be just too cold during the winter. Camisha Byrd now lives in a “green” built, eco-friendly, energy-efficient 1,200 sq.-ft. home.
Earlier this year, Byrd and more than 200 volunteers built the
single-story house, the first environmentally friendly home Habitat for
Humanity has erected in southeastern Michigan.
With all the low-energy features, Byrd will cut her use of utilities 30 percent to 50 percent, saving her up to $1,000 a year.
are embracing greenness to the fullest of our capacity,” said Sally
LePla, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Oakland County.
“We’re demonstrating you can build attractive, affordable green homes.”
With the help of the Clawson-based building and design firm
Gontina, the 1,200-square-foot dwelling was constructed according to
the strictest standards set by the U.S. Green Building Council.
The building is awaiting LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the federal agency.
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