The first meeting for the Habitat build at the lot in Roseville, Mich.

The Macomb County Chapter (metropolitan Detroit) of Habitat for Humanity and the Insulating Concrete Form Association joined forces to build a home in Roseville, Mich. The home will be a 1,200 square foot unit using both insulating concrete forms and structural insulated panels. This is the first Macomb County Chapter to use both methods on one home.

Quad-Lock Building Systems LTD is providing the ICFs for the walls and Pacemaker Building Systems is providing SIPs for the roofing panels. Dryvit will be providing its TAFS product. Other manufacturers have yet to be named.

Michael Alford and his son Michael Jr. look at the lot that will eventually be their new home, in Roseville, Mich.

Michael and Beverly Alford will be the new owners, accepting the keys in late September. Beverly is an activities assistant at a nursing home and Michael is a stay-at-home father for their four-year-old son Michael Jr. The family learned of Habitat from a friend, attended a meeting and applied. They were accepted in February.

"Our family is very grateful for the opportunity we are being given," said Beverly. "We would like to say a very big 'thank you' to the ICFA and all the people volunteering. In any way, big or small, it is what makes this happen."