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Published July 27, 2013, 05:29 PM

Energy-efficiency is reaching new heights in North Dakota

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Energy-efficiency is reaching new heights in North Dakota.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Energy-efficiency is reaching new heights in North Dakota.

Habitat for Humanity is building the state's first single-family LEED certified home.

Volunteers are hammering away at a first for North Dakota homebuilding.

This foundation will soon be the first LEED-certified single family home in the state.

LEED stands for Leadership Energy Efficiency.

Jenn Whitney- US Green Building Council ND: "Habitat homes are for people who can't afford a home. So, why not make it as energy-efficient as possible?"

That's good news for the future owners of this home, the Salinas family.

With six children, saving money is always a plus.

Carlos Salinas- Future Habitat Home Owner: "I think it's a great opportunity for us to save some money on our energy bills."

Many things go into a LEED home, everything from highly efficient insulation and plumbing, to having community resources like bus stops and grocery stores within walking distance.

In October, the Salinas will move out of their rental four-plex and into a secure place to call home.

Angela Salinas- Future Habitat Home Owner: "We've been trying for a long time, but have been denied by the banks. We just can't wait to move in and start our dream."

The house won't technically be certified until after it is complete.

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