A few days back, I blogged about the latest phase in the Habitat for Humanity International/Home Depot Foundation tag-team effort, Partners in Sustainable Building. Launched in 2009, Partners in Sustainable Building aims to build 5,000 affordable green homes within five years. Thus far, 1,500 homes have been built under the eco-auspices of the program and in 2010-2011, Habitat for Humanity aims to build 2,400 more.

Here’s a look at one of them that just kicked off construction:

Early this week, building began on what is to be the first LEED-certified Habitat for Humanity-built home in Michigan’s Grand Traverse region. Underwritten by DTE Energy and built largely by student volunteers enrolled in Northwestern Michigan College’s Construction-Carpentry Technology and Renewable Energy Technology programs, the 1,100 square foot Traverse City abode will serve as the new home to a low-income area family as soon as this December and includes some innovative green features helping the family save big on utility bills.

Perhaps most notable is the presence of Power-Pipe, an award-winning drain water heat recovery system that can cut water heating costs up to 40 percent. The home will be the first Habitat home in the nation to boast Power-Pipe technology. Additionally, the home will boast energy-efficient appliances, extra insulation in the walls and ceiling, and an energy recovery ventilator. Not too shabby ...

Click here to learn more about the home and see a gallery of the home’s “wall-rising” ceremony. Also worth noting: As reported by the Record-Eagle, the “family” moving into the new, super-efficient home will be Ryan Hannon, a single father of two who works day to day helping the area’s homeless population as a street outreach coordinator with Goodwill Industries.  

LEED-certified or not, is there a green Habitat for Humanity home in your community that you think is remarkable for one reason or another? Tell me about it in the comments section!

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.