If you haven't heard about it yet, there's one exciting event to add to your summer plans: the 2015 USGBC GreenBuilt Home Tour - it’s this weekend! This year, 10 of the 16 homes featured in the tour are Eco Achievers projects.
In lieu of this fun fact, we wanted to give you an idea of what you’ll be seeing from us. So let’s map it out...
The Tesla House, a Coda Design + Build project, was designed and oriented to optimize solar energy for home use, utilizing natural lighting and enabling future occupants to charge electric vehicles. This single-family home achieved high energy efficiency by reducing heat load and maximizing usage. Other project highlights include ENERGY STAR appliances, a Central Energy Recovery Ventilator (CERV), a reflective aluminum roof, and sun shades.
This contemporary luxury home, care of the The Panoptic Group, maximizes energy efficiency by incorporating spray foam insulation, smart home automation, and high efficiency appliances. Not only is the West Town NetZero Home pursuing LEED for Homes, it also features passive solar elements, select premium fixtures, and has been made solar-ready for future electric car charging.
The Swainson’s House at Serosun Farms is leading the way in residential energy efficiency as one of the first homes to ever be certified under the new LEED v4 rating system. Fitted with geothermal heating, passive solar management, and an ERV, the home capitalizes on high performance HVAC design. You’ll also find energy efficient windows, appliances, and fixtures throughout. Serosun Farms is a luxury community of sustainable rural homes that is nested on 410 acres of farmland, including restored woodlands and wetlands; a working farm and horse barn; and a community center, restaurant, and farmers market that welcomes in the public.
Originally built and meticulously remodeled and maintained, the LaFleur Residence is a prime example of how efficiency measures can be implemented into any home, new or old. This fabulous vintage house maintains the character and charm of an older home, yet guarantees future sustainability with a tankless water heater, water and energy efficient fixtures, and a RenewAire Energy Recovery Ventilation (ERV) system. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see this home before it hits the market!
The Charles Heppner Artist Studio, an Ecotelligent Design, was constructed with the belief that a home can clean the air, purify water, enrich land, generate energy, and build communities. This home features award-winning landscaping that includes restored native prairie and wetlands, a pollinator sanctuary, and a victory garden. It also features active and passive solar management through the inclusion of a steel umbrella roof, optimized window orientation and sizing, solar thermal panels, and pre-rough in for photovoltaic systems. This property will generate more energy than it uses! Feel at home and get some great tips at the Charles Heppner Artist Studio on the Green Built Home Tour.
Come see what sustainable, luxury living will look like at the first LEED certified multifamily development in Park Ridge. This 3-story Trammel Crow 115-unit luxury apartment development aims for LEED Silver, featuring ENERGY STAR appliances, Green Label Plus flooring and interior finishes, and an amenity-rich location. Park 205 ensures high walkability with its proximity to Metra and bus stations, retail, and commercial areas. It’s a taste of urban living in the suburbs.
Luxury living can be achieved in a small space when your structure is built with attention to quality and the indoor-outdoor connection. The Right-Sized Oak Park Home is built on the Passive House paradigm and is pursuing LEED Platinum with features such as a continuous fresh air ventilation system, non-toxic/VOC-free finishes, a tight thermal envelope, and energy efficient appliances. Brought to you by Tom Bassett Dilley Architect and Evolutionary Home Builders, you will want to step into what looks like the set of an Architectural Digest Magazine article on the Green Built Home Tour.
The Über Haus stands at the forefront of sustainable innovation as one of the most progressive green homes in the country. Designed to meet the most stringent certification standards with a strong emphasis on building science and harmony, this project is pursuing—among others—Living Building Challenge, Passive House, and LEED Platinum. Since this project is still in the construction phase, you'll get the unique opportunity to see behind-the-wall strategies on the tour. Come and see how this home will function as both a model residential space and a living lab.
This recently built single-family residence, with Passive House level air sealing and $105/sf construction costs, is a testament to Greenline Development’s commitment to both energy efficiency and affordable solutions. Visit the project site at 3848 N Nottingham to learn more about the steps—from staggered framing to high performance fixtures—that make this classic-modern home a candidate for LEED Gold+!
Situated at 4541 S Greenwood Ave, Greenline #2 is one of two single-family row homes in the North Kenwood landmark district. Stop by to meet the builder and learn about the unique challenges of building green and using modern air sealing with a masonry exterior. With the project still under construction, it's a great chance to explore the home “pre-drywall” and see what goes into making a home sustainable!
So join us, along with hundreds of local green building enthusiasts, as we tour the most sustainable, innovative, and high-performance homes in the Chicagoland area. From new construction to renovation, you'll hear first-hand accounts from the area's top builders, architects, designers, and homeowners on what it takes to build a healthy, energy conscious, eco-friendly home for residents and the surrounding community.
Get your passport for the 2015 Green Built Home Tour today!
The 2015 GreenBuilt Home Tour was a huge success. This year, over 600 people attended the home tour, contributing over 2000 visits throughout the two day tour at the 16 homes. 80 volunteers contributed more than 350 hours of service, showcasing sustainable building practices throughout Chicagoland. Thanks for a great weekend!
Be sure to save the date for next year; July 30-31st, 2016.