Buying Chicago Green Homes

Does 'Green' Create Green and Sell Homes?

Green car racing, green travel, green eating: everything is getting a little greener nowadays.  Surprisingly, builders are still slow to adapt to the greening of the new American home.  Of those who do offer ‘green’ features in their homes, only 39% (according to a Professional Builder survey) of builders share with prospective buyers energy / …

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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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A Green Home Must Also Be A Well Ventilated Home

A ‘green home’ may not conjure up thoughts of a ‘healthy home’ but indoor air quality is a major factor in achieving energy efficiency.  Buying and building an energy efficient green home requires putting the ‘V’ back in HVAC.  This is a major concern of Tom Molidor, president of Clarendon-based Molidor Custom Builders of suburban …

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Driving Around Wicker Park

Cruising around Wicker Park on Thursday, I felt that I needed to finally check out Alex Pearsall’s zero-net energy home.  This former multi-family, mixed-use building was featured on greenbeanchicago.com as a revolutionary concept home and was completed less than a year ago.  This 9,000 square foot home in its former life was the former hang-out …

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Buying Green Chicago Homes

Green homes are becoming the next trend for Chicago home buyers. From low-flow toilets and bamboo floors to geo-thermal heating systems and rainwater collections cisterns, the Chicago housing market is shifting to adopt eco-friendly elements of design and construction. In addition to the green upgrades individual homeowners are making to their houses (including historic Chicago …

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