Habitat for Humanity builds first LEED Platinum home

Habitat for Humanity builds first LEED Platinum home


by AMY COWMAN / NBC Charlotte

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Posted on October 24, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 24 at 8:00 PM

Habitat for Humanity is leading the way in energy efficient homes. Now a Charlotte mother is getting to own the non profit's latest and greatest achievement.

"I was shocked, I was shocked, and just glad they chose my house," said Kameka Shufford.
It's a dream come true for Kameka Shufford to own a home. She's been living in the same apartment with her four children for 12 years.

"I just always said that once I got my first apartment that I wasn't going to leave until I got a house," said Shufford.

Then she found out Habitat for Humanity wasn't building her just any house, it will be the only LEED Platinum certified house in Mecklenburg County. So what does that mean? Two words: energy efficiency.

"The house is extraordinarily well-insulated; the doors, the windows-- it's going to be super weatherized," said Phil Prince with Habitat for Humanity.

From specialized reflective roof shingles, to all natural materials inside, like hard woods floors and granite countertops, the house meets LEED criteria, which for Kameka translates into saving money.

"They will save probably 25 to 30-percent on their energy bills; it will be cooler in summer, warmer in winter," said Prince.

As part of the Habitat process, Kameka and her four children have helped paint and build their

"Since boys play more than girls, we got the biggest room," said son Anthony.

Now Kameka can provide for her children, not just as a role model for them. but in a home setting a new standard for the county.

"Just to be able to provide for them and let them see there's another side to it, there's more to it then what we had," said Kameka.

The family will move in December, and take over the mortgage payments. Meanwhile Habitat will continue to build energy efficient homes in the neighborhood,