Here's What You Missed from GreenBuilt Home Tour 2019
The GreenBuilt Home Tour featured exceptional, award-winning, and nationally-recognized homes throughout Illinois, which highlight attractive, affordable, and sustainable building practices.
During the annual, two-day event, attendees learned ways the built environment contributes to a healthier community. The tour included Illinois’ finest builders, designers and homeowners who have created healthy, energy saving green homes.
Bold Farmhouse Meets Sustainable Design
68 7th Ave., La Grange, IL 60525
BUILDER: BrightLeaf Homes
ENERGY RATER/GREEN RATER: Insight Property Services, Inc.
BrightLeaf Homes are custom Home Builders based out of Hinsdale, IL. They have been winners of the Housing Innovation Award 4 years in a row, the Housing Innovation Award represents the top 1% of builders across the country who successfully demonstrate they can meet the Department of Energy’s most rigorous specifications for high-performance homes.
This BrightLeaf home is being built in historic La Grange with a bold farmhouse facade. You will see ‘Inside the Walls’ when you visit this home. The scientific approach taken to building this new construction home includes the most sustainable, healthy materials and technology, which creates a long-lasting, more comfortable and beautiful home that improves the quality of life and health of those who live in them.
Parker IV Eco-Smart Home
26013 Stewart Ridge Dr., Plainfield, IL 60585
BUILDERS: DJK Custom Homes
ENERGY RATER/GREEN RATER: Insight Property Services, Inc.
DJK Custom Homes is Chicagoland’s premier ENERGY STAR custom home builder and remodeler, building new custom homes and remodeling in Naperville, Plainfield, Oswego, Hinsdale, Elmhurst, Lincolnshire, Lisle, Woodridge, Downers Grove, Yorkville, and surrounding communities. We have been building and remodeling quality custom homes since 1988 and have earned a well known reputation for our attention to even the finest of details.
This new Parker IV Eco-Smart Home by DJK Custom Homes delivers a one of kind design that blends the ever so popular Modern Farm House design with twist of industrial elements through the inclusion of steel and reclaimed wood. This luxurious new custom home proves that design does not have to be sacrificed in a new home to achieve an Ultra Sustainable, Healthy, and Efficient lifestyle. This home also includes the latest smart home technology from the industry’s leading brands. From windows and building materials, to smart home thermostats, faucets, and more, this home showcases the peace of mind a new Eco-Smart Home should deliver with high energy savings and promoting a healthier lifestyle at home with the best indoor air quality.
6456 S Dorchester Avenue, Chicago, IL 60637
HERS Rating (Pending)
LEED for Homes (Pending)
BUILDERS: Greenline Homes, LLC
GreenLines Homes believe that environmental change is driving a desire for homes that are more energy efficient, durable, easy to maintain, and sustainable. They use green building technology to meet these needs. Building net-zero-energy homes that produce more energy than they consume — through solar energy, high levels of insulation, air sealing, and carefully selected mechanicals and appliances — to deliver a better quality of life and at lower cost for their homeowners and communities.
Dorchester Row is he second of three homes built in a row on Dorchester Avenue in Chicago’s Woodlawn neighborhood. Learn about how all-electric, grid-tied, solar homes make sense in Chicago and are actually awesome! This home demonstrates how building green, affordable, urban infill, for-sale housing is a challenge, but well worth the effort.
Wildwood Passive Power Model
21215 Rosewood Dr., Marengo, IL 60152
BUILDERS: Evolutionary Home Builders
DEVELOPMENT: Wildwood of Marengo
ENERGY RATER/GREEN RATER: Eco Achievers
Evolutionary Home Builders believe every green building should enhance the health and happiness of its occupants and have a positive impact on the environment. They go beyond certifying that their homes meet green building standards and aspire to build living, breathing buildings that are ideal ecosystems for our client to live and work. Their priorities, in order of importance, are building science, air and health, energy efficiency, and sustainability. They believe each priority builds on the one before it and that implementing all of them results in super healthy, extremely low-energy homes that are built to last. To them, this is evolutionary sustainability.
The Burr Oak Passive Power Plant is designed to impact your health positively through seasonal, outdoor activities and a local farmers delivery year round. At this home, energy is shared among neighbors which powers a net zero way of living via an innovative microgrid infrastructure. This home also has access to onsite composting, an electric car charging station, and onsite bee hives. Burr Oak Passive Power Plant’s connection with nature creates a harmonious blend of native landscapes providing beautiful color palettes. Come check out this home to connect with both indoor and outdoor natural environments.
Resilient Cape Cod Rehab
61 Meadowview Road, Northfield, IL
DESIGNER/ARCHITECT: Kipnis Architecture + Planning
Recognized as Chicago’s premier award winning sustainable architectural practice, Kipnis Architecture + Planning (KAP) was founded in 1993 and is based in Evanston, Illinois. KAP has practiced the architectural design philosophy of 'High Design/Low Carbon™' long before it was in vogue. They are guided by the idea that architectural design excellence need not be sacrificed for principles of sustainability. Rather, they believe sustainable design expands the possibilities for innovative architectural forms, construction methods and the use of materials. A particular expertise is the architectural integration of passive solar and bioclimatic design. They are early signatories to the AIA's 2030 Commitment, rigorously working towards having their projects be 'net zero' for their energy use by 2030.
Flood resilient design raised above the flood plain level, without a basement. Using a ‘flow through’ foundation that allows water to travel under the highly insulated, raised first floor structure. The floor plan follows parts of the existing foundation and has new sections were needed. The existing basement was abandoned, with its slab broken up and filled with gravel. The new home has its elevation set 6″ above the 100 year flood level. Operable vents allow water to freely flow under the first floor of the house. Because of this, the first floor is radiantly heated so no ducts would be under the floor level. Even the A/C systems outdoor condensers are raised up to be above the flood level.
5435 Fairhaven Ct., Downers Grove, IL
BUILDER: Lifestyle Homes, Inc.
Lifestyle Homes, Inc. is a forward-thinking, quality-based design-build firm. Sustainability is central to their approach as they develop project ambitions at many scales. Offering services in the areas of New Home Construction, Kitchen & Bath, Additions, Aging Readiness Remodeling, and Energy Efficiency & Green Technology Integration, they are able to work with clients with a range of budgets, contexts and project goals.
The Eco Farmhouse was designed for the family’s lifestyle centered in sustainability. The most current building science methods are incorporated for Energy & Water efficiency and Clean air to provide healthy indoor air quality and Comfort. The simple exterior and roofing were designed to minimize long term maintenance. A South facing single plain roof line maximizes solar electricity production and a tight enveloped exterior simulates the Passive House result but is not prescriptive. Use of natural building materials and added design detail shines throughout this warm farmhouse. This beautiful home is well balanced for the building cost and ROI; Return of Investment. This home is where sustainability meets high performance and is built to last. We are anticipating Net-Zero energy efficiency in this home with 40 solar panels and Microinverters at 4/12 pitch, all south facing.
45W588 N. Serosun Farms Ln., Hampshire, IL
CERTIFICATIONS: GreenStar (Pending)
BUILDER: JD Associates
Serosun Farms is a unique rural and sustainable community located just 50 miles outside of Chicago near Hampshire, IL. When fully built it will be a community with 80-90 custom, high-performance homes scattered throughout a 410 acre farm along with smaller town homes and a seniors care village. Swainson’s House is the first new home to be built at Serosun Farms under the sustainable and healthy guidelines established for the community. This rural oasis creates an idyllic pastoral lifestyle for the residents combining farmland, open space and community in a way that connects them to the land and nature for a respite from the hectic world.
The home features classic rural styling to fit with the countryside it is a part of. The design for the home is based on a traditional four square farm house with a wraparound porch and many south, east and west facing windows, providing a panoramic view of the countryside. From this base, a bedroom wing and a semi-detached garage were added. The cupolas topping the main house and garage add an iconic finishing touch. The home is situated on the lot to take advantage of expansive views of woodlands, prairie and farmlands including the equestrian center and central wetlands at Serosun.