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Sunday, November 4th, 2007
Green-Home and Remodeling Guide

Chicago Green Homes (CGH) is the city’s green certification program for small residential projects. Most of the concepts are similar to LEED®, but whereas LEED® is fairly performance-based, requiring a certain amount of research and calculation to demonstrate compliance with each credit, Chicago Green Homes is more prescriptive, which is easy for small projects to use.

Sunday, October 28th, 2007
200 S. Michigan Ave.

RTKL, an international architecture, engineering, and planning firm, has relocated their Chicago office to the Borg-Warner building. RTKL’s is seeking LEED®-CI Silver certification with the usual interiors emphasis on high-efficiency lighting and green materials in their architectural studio space.

Sunday, October 14th, 2007

This home seeking Chicago Green Homes certification. Most of the green site elements that are possible are included here, such as a rain garden, rain barrels, green roof, and native landscaping.

Monday, October 8th, 2007
6263 N. McCormick

The Balanced Kitchen is the retail location of G-Free-V, a new wholesale and retail foods company specializing in vegan & gluten free products. This first outlet is a renovation of an existing restaurant to include a restaurant, bakery, and retail store and is seeking LEED® for Commercial Interiors certification.

Wednesday, September 26th, 2007
2024 N. Albany

This a project designed by an architect as his own family residence. It is another example of a budget-conscious but reasonably responsible design. Most of the green investment goes into energy-saving, but easily achievable features – rigid exterior insulation with spray foam insulation between studs, high-efficiency mechanical systems, and an Energy Star roof.

Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
1555 N. Talman

This is a small developer’s first foray into green multifamily housing, and is a great example of a newer developer that recognizes how green building differentiates their product. These three green buildings make this little corner in Humboldt Park one of the greenest in Chicago! This project is seeking Chicago Green Homes certification. This isn’t a demonstration project with exotic features, but does include nearly all of the increasingly-standard features on green buildings, such as high-efficiency mechanical equipment, low-VOC and recycled content materials. It also includes the all-important layer of continuous insulation (to eliminate thermal bridging), which it is often so difficult to convince developers of this housing type to do.


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