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Habitat for Humanity taking the LEED

June 10, 2010
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ONTARIO — An environmentally sustainable and wheelchair accessible house will soon be home to a young family thanks to Habitat for Humanity and students at Fleming College, according to The Peterborough Examiner.
Tour guide Tara Pattison, one of the 26 students working on the house, said the family will move into the 1,200-square-foot, three bedroom bungalow following its completion slated for August 20.
"The family has two kids. The little boy is in a wheelchair, so this whole house is wheelchair accessible," Pattison said.
The builders are going for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum status, which is the highest certification and would make it the first LEED home by Habitat for Humanity in Canada, the article stated.
Pattison said the Fleming sustainable building and design program is showing the community that building a green home is not much different than a conventional home, the article noted.
"It''s just as easy, and often the same price, and much healthier for the planet and the homeowners," Pattison said.
"It saves lots of money in the long run and it saves natural resources," Pattison added.
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