Energy Efficient Homes

Know Your Green Building Materials – NAHB Green Approved Products

Builders and consumers alike are flooded with ‘green’ everything these days.  Anything from cars, energy, vacations, food and new homes – all seem to claim to have a green component to them.  Often, this ‘green fog’ can create confusion and mis-information as to what is green, why its green and why the product might have advantages …

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Illinois Residential Energy Code Update

On Friday August 28th, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed into law a new statewide residential energy code. The Energy Efficient Building Act requires most new residential buildings throughout Illinois to meet the minimum standards of the 2009 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The new requirement will take effect early 2010. In a conversation with Lisa …

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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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Purchasing Green Built Homes in Chicago Saves You Money

We all know about the federal tax credit currently available for first-time homebuyers, but you may not be aware that there is also a tax credit for homebuyers that purchase a green built home or products to make your home a little more environmentally-friendly. By purchasing new Chicago homes that incorporate green standards, you are …

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