From Harford Habitat for Humanity:
The First LEED-certified Modular Home Ever Built by High School Students in the USA was the winner as one of the Green Projects of the Year for 2009
(Bel Air, MD) – The Maryland Chapter of the US Green Building Society, an organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings, recognized Harford Habitat for Humanity (HHH) and Harford Technical High-School recently for their partnership to create the “Habi-Tech Project,” a LEED certified modular home, by naming the project the winner of the 2009 Young Professionals Award. Dave Guttman, HHH Construction Manager, Mike Svezzese, Harford Tech Carpentry Teacher, and Principal Chas Hagan accepted the award recently on behalf of the partnership.
Bank of America, Harford Technical High School, Habitat for Humanity and other community businesses and organizations worked together to build the home in 2009. The house is an example of a sustainable, energy-efficient building that the partners hope others will follow.
“Building this LEED certified home was an amazing project,” says Joann Blewett, Executive Director of HHH. “This partnership was truly a first of its kind, and thanks to our donors, the students and our partner family we demonstrated that creating affordable green homes can be done by real people, in real communities, when we all work together.”
Students began working on the 1008 square foot, two bedroom modular home at the start of the school year, and completed the home in May 2009. For the Habit-Tech Project, students followed the guidelines for the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System set by the U.S. Green Building Council. They incorporated a number of green building components into the home including recycled insulation and drywall, a rainwater collection system, an energy efficient HVAC system, energy efficient windows and appliances, and a gray water re-use system.
For 2010, HHH is again partnering with Bank of America, Harford Technical High School and other donors and sponsors to build another LEED Certified home. For more details, visit www.harfordhabitat.org .