Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity to build first LEED certified home

August 19, 2009 Des Moines, Iowa Share: Print Subscribe to Email Alerts

Greater Des Moines Habitat for Humanity (GDM Habitat) along with The ING Foundation and The Home Depot Foundation will begin construction on GDM Habitat’s first LEED certified home on Wednesday, Aug. 19at 8:30 a.m., at 1322 Norton in Des Moines. The home build is part of a national green building initiative of The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat for Humanity International, Partners in Sustainable Building.

The $30 million green building initiative will provide funds and resources over a five-year period to help Habitat affiliates build 5,000 homes that meet Energy Star guidelines or nationally recognized green building standards. These features incorporate the use of energy-efficient equipment and water-conserving fixtures and help ensure good indoor air quality.

“The generosity of The ING Foundation and The Home Depot Foundation will help our affiliates expand its green building practices,” said Lance Henning, executive director of GDM Habitat. “We are excited to participate in the Partners in Sustainable Building program and complete our first LEED certified home.”

Green elements of the home will include:

  • low-VOC paint and cabinet finishes
  • energy efficient appliances
  • Andersen 100 Series windows
  • fiber cement siding
  • formaldehyde free insulation
  • energy efficient water heater
  • waste reduction during the build process and on-site recycling of construction materials

This will be the first LEED certified Habitat for Humanity home in Iowa and one of only five LEED homes in the state.

Partners in Sustainable Building
was established in 2008 through a pilot program in which 30 Habitat affiliates across the United States built 260 sustainable homes that met green building standards. The program demonstrated that upfront costs of building green are modest and can be recouped through savings on utility and energy costs over the course of a home’s mortgage. Early results show energy savings between 15 to 30 percent.

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About ING

ING is a global financial institution of Dutch origin offering banking, investments, life insurance and retirement services to over 85 million residential, corporate and institutional clients in more than 40 countries. With a diverse workforce of about 115,000 people, ING is dedicated to setting the standard in helping our clients manage their financial future.

In the U.S., the ING (NYSE: ING) family of companies offers a comprehensive array of financial services to retail and institutional clients, which includes life insurance, retirement plans, mutual funds, managed accounts, alternative investments, direct banking, institutional investment management, annuities, employee benefits, financial planning, and reinsurance. ING holds top-tier rankings in key U.S. markets and serves nearly 30 million customers across the nation.

ING's diversity management philosophy and commitment to workforce diversity, diversity marketing, corporate citizenship and supplier diversity fosters an inclusive environment for employees that supports a distinctive product and service experience for the financial services consumer.

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About the ING Foundation

The ING Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in the communities where ING operates and its employees and customers live. Through charitable giving and employee volunteerism, the foundation focuses on sustainable programs in the areas of financial literacy, children's education and diversity.

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About The Home Depot Foundation

The Home Depot Foundation was created in 2002 to further the community building goals of The Home Depot. The Home Depot Foundation is dedicated to building affordable homes for working families that are healthy to live in and affordable to own. To make homes healthy and affordable, the Foundation encourages developers to incorporate responsible design and use durable and quality materials to ensure that homes are more energy and water efficient, have good indoor air quality, and provide a safe and healthy space to live. Since its formation, The Home Depot Foundation has granted $120 million to nonprofit organizations and supported the development of more than 65,000 affordable, healthy homes. For more information, visit