High Plains Architects has been awarded LEED Platinum certification– which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design– for the Urban Frontier House.  That’s the personal residence of the architectural firm’s founders Randy and Janna Hafer.  The house, designed to be totally self-sustaining and off the grid. It includes self-contained systems for energy, water, and wastewater, including photovoltaic panels, rainwater collection, DC lighting, composting toilets, a wind turbine and an indoor garden room.

Renewable and reclaimed materials are featured prominently throughout the house.  High Plains Architects said the Urban Frontier House achieved LEED homes certification for implementing practical, measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.  Hafer said the house is the latest in a list of seven of LEED Platinum-certified buildings in Billings.

You can check out a video of the Urban Frontier House from High Plains Architects here.