Each home built by Lake Agassiz Habitat for Humanity cultivates a new beginning for a family in need of a hand up in the Fargo-Moorhead area. With this new journey comes a structure for the chosen family to call their home. Early in the design process, the building committee decided to attempt LEED certiﬁcation for the home. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design. It is a tool used to help design a home which will have a positive impact on energy efﬁciency, environmental performance and human well being. The cost savings encountered for a LEED home parallels the importance of creating an affordable home for the new partner family selected for the home.
The house, located at 418 22nd Street South in Fargo, will be the ﬁrst single-family LEED certiﬁed home in the state of North Dakota.
The LEED for Homes rating system is accomplished through eight categories of design. They are:
- Indoor environmental quality.
- Energy efﬁciency.
- Water efﬁciency.
- Site selection.
- Site development.
- Materials selection.
- Residents awareness.
More information on the LEED for Homes rating system can be found at www.greenhomeguide.org.