Through a partnership with the Town of Bedford, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell acquired nearly three acres of land and a historic farmhouse located at 130 North Road in Bedford. HFHGL with plans to renovate the existing house, and build seven new affordable homes, all of which will be designated for deserving, low-income families. To date, this is the largest project HFHGL has undertaken.
In addition, it is the first HFHGL project to incorporate eco-friendly, “green” building design and techniques. As part of HFHGL’s green building initiative, the entire neighborhood was slated to undergo certification under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System™. LEED is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design,construction, and operation of green buildings. Westford-based architectural firm Building Science Consulting created the “green” architectural designs and has pledged its support to ensure that the home meets LEED requirements. Compared to conventional construction, building to certain LEED standards could increase the home’s energy efficiency by as much as 40 percent and significantly decrease annual energy bills.
Groundbreaking began in spring 2008; however, there will be several opportunities to help fundraise, coordinate events, and recruit volunteers in the meantime. For more information on how you can get involved with this project, please call (978) 692-0927, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. This project was finally completed in 2013.