Green Building

LEED: What Is It and Why Have It?

Every once in a while, you may enter into a new Chicago building and see a sign by the entrance that says “LEED.” We know that it must be something good to proclaim it at the door, but what exactly does it mean? And what does it mean for Chicago specifically? Continue Reading»

Mortgage Giants Silence Energy-Saving Program

An eco-friendly financing program that the White House believes would help the environment, save homeowners energy and create thousands of jobs has been put on hold after Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac deemed the plan to be risky and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) agreed. The FHFA, which oversees the two government-backed mortgage houses …

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Happy Earth Day! Check Out These Green Events Around Chicagoland

If you are looking to do something eco-exciting for Earth Day, here are some events occurring on April 22 that could benefit the planet and you as well. *Tour an energy-efficient green home at 250 N. Myrtle Avenue in Elmhurst. Stations will be set up from 2 to 4 p.m. showcasing environmentally friendly techniques and …

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Glass Countertops Edging Out Granite

If you’re seeking a clear alternative to granite as a countertop surface, the glass is more than half full — it’s overflowing with creative possibilities, in fact — thanks to the esthetic advantages and practical flexibility offered by thermoformed glass. Created via a special process that uses extreme heat to mold flat objects, thermoformed glass …

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Top 10 Things to Put in Your Next New Chicago Home

Builder Magazine Online listed their Top 10 items for builders to consider putting in their 2010 new homes.  Perhaps not surprisingly, many products on the ‘top 10 list’ are energy efficient / green building technology that is all the rage now in the industry.  They are justified as important if the real AND perceived value …

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