"Thanks again for all of your efforts.
It is a better building because of them."

~ M. Rourke, Multifamily Developer


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We help architects, contractors, developers and homeowners deliver better performing buildings. Our team of experts will help you meet green standards and pass the performance tests required for energy codes and green home programs, giving you peace of mind for healthier high-performance buildings. Meet our team.

Events List

20 Feb 2014
 8:30am HOMES 252: Understanding LEED for Homes - Park RidgePriority Energy Training Center More Info and Registration
05 Mar 2014
 All Day Better Buildings Better BusinessKalahari Conference Center View Details
26 Jul 2014
 10:00am GreenBuilt Home TourAll over Chicagoland View Details
27 Jul 2014
 10:00am GreenBuilt Home TourAll over Chicagoland Show Files View Details
26 Aug 2014
 8:00am Implmenting LEED for Homes WorkshopPriority Energy Training Center View Details
27 Aug 2014
 8:00am LEED Green Rater TrainingPriority Energy Training Center View Details
04 Dec 2014
 3:00pm Secrets of Passive House and LEED Platinum Construction w/ Tom Bassett Dilley & Brandon Weiss1026 S. Clinton More Info and Registration
11 Dec 2014
 All Day Better Buildings Better Business - EARLY REGISTRATION ENDSAll over Chicagoland View Details
26 Feb 2015
 All Day Better Buildings Better BusinessCrowne Plaza Chicago O'Hare View Details

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Evanston Apartments Use Centralized Geothermal


Last week, one of Eco Achiever's projects we consulted on achieved LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.  The project at 2500 Green Bay Rd in Evanston was developed as 4-story building with underground parking, with a total of twelve units.  These apartment units are currently rented out and the buildng has achieved full occupancy.  

One remarkable aspect of the building was a centralized geothermal systems that has one well field with pumps that bring the conditioned water to a heat exchanger, which is then pumped in a centralized loop to each dwelling unit.  Inside each apartment is a mechanical closet featuring a power vented water heater and a hydronic-to-air forced air system.  The remarkable efficiencies of the building resulted in average HERS ratings for the units in the upper 50's and low 60's. There was one apartment building that was a one-bedroom unit and got a "small home" penalty on the HERS rating that resulted in a HERS 69.  Eco Achievers performed all LEED verification and performance testing services on the twelve units in the building.

The project team also took advantage of the landscaped area to install a fully sustainable drought-tolerant landscape design, and pursued the Outdoor Water Demand Calculator to achieve 10 points related to the reduced water use of the efficient landscape. 

The developer of the project had this to say about Eco Achievers' role, "Thanks again for all of your efforts. It is a better building because of them." Becuase each unit had separate mechanical and water heating systems, this project achieved LEED certification under the lowrise LEED for Homes program rather than the LEED Multifamily Midrise rating system.

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Two EcoAchievers Projects Featured on DWELL

EcoAchievers GreenStar Rated Wilmette HomeIn the days leading up to the 2014 GreenBuilt Home Tour, Dwell Magazine heard of this remarkable event and flew a correspondant to Chicago to check out some of the 18 homes featured on the tour.  

They ended up visiting four homes exemplifying high-performance healthy living in an urban area, and two of the homes were projects tested and verified by Eco Achievers to achieve GreenStar Gold.  The 314 Park home in Wilmette showcases green features with an eye towards future adaptability was one project, and the other was the LEED Gold sustainable and attainable urban residence in Chicago.

See the article and slideshow at Dwell's website.

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Eco Achievers to Sponsor GreenBuilt Home Tour

Eco Achievers has signed on to be a sponsor of the GreenBuilt Home Tour, an open house showcase of sustainable homes around Chicagoland.  This year the tour will be July 26 and 27, and there are 17 homes on the tour.  You can learn more at www.greenbuilthometour.org 
If you're the kind of person who wants to see the latest technologies making our homes smarter and more energy efficient -- or if your family suffers from a home with poor air quality and you want ideas to make a healthier home, then be sure to join us for the Green Built Home Tour Saturday July 26 and Sunday July 27.  This annual home tour features unique green homes in the Chicagoland region with latest in designs, technologies and products.


Planning a remodel?  Thinking about a move? This is your chance to see what you can do to make our homes more sustainable, healthier for your family, and keep a little more green in your bank account too. 

Visit www greenbuilthometour.org now and use coupon code GREEN to get reduced price tickets for twenty dollars.  That's just $20 bucks for two adults to get into all seventeen green homes July 26 and 27. 

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