Green Building

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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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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Solar and Wind Energy Incentives Announced for Illinois

The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity announced yesterday the opening of the Solar & Wind Energy Rebate Program. The rebates can total 30% for residential and business applicants, and 50% for public sector and non-profit entities with a maximum of $50,000. Applications will be due April 30, 2010.

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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