Green Lyfe LEED Home


A new, energy efficient, anticipated LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes certified residence located in Willmar, MN.

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Location: Willmar, MN

Project Contractor: Ridgewater College & Green Lyfe, LLC


This new, energy efficient, anticipated LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Homes certified residence is located in Willmar, MN. It is located on a sloped site, sitting amongst groupings of native trees. This visually attractive single family residence, along with being extremely energy efficient, contains many materials that are environmentally safe, recyclable, sustainable and regionally produced and manufactured.

The project is a joint project between Ridgewater College and Green Lyfe, LLC, (architects, owner & general contractor*) The Carpentry Program and Electrician Program students of Ridgewater College have constructed the building. The students are gaining experience in construction in some of these new technologies through seminars, demonstrations and on-job training. This training is funded by a grant of $80,000 from the Minnesota Renewable Energy Marketplace.

The house displays a very distinctive “Prairie Style” design with low roof slopes and wide overhangs to eliminate hot, summer heat gains into the interior. The roof contains two large solar roof panels for domestic hot water heating and for assisting in the in-floor slab heating on the lower level. The house also has innovative, high tech capabilities in the cooling and heating of the interior environment, including an air source heat pump and air-to-air heat exchanger. The interior of the house is basically an open plan with abundant natural lighting, and efficient compact fluorescent and LED lighting. Variations of ceiling heights create spatial effects which define various living spaces. The colors are bright and colorful, creating a cheerful but relaxing atmosphere. 

The supplied Form-A-Drain was used in the footing of the home. Nudura Insulated Concrete Forms were used in the basement only. Olive color VAST permeable pavers were used in the patio area.(130 Sq. Ft.) Aco Home Drain was used in the driveway to channel rain water to a tank in the basement, water was then used for watering lawn & flower beds.