Chicago’s First LEED Platinum & Zero Net Energy Home
We’re in lurve with this house: it’s gorgeous, modern and super innovative. Slated to be one of Chicago’s first LEED platinum homes and run the city’s first residential grey water system, the house is also aiming to be a zero net energy building…
• The house is broken into two wings, which are connected via a green roofed hallway, to maximize southern exposure for passive solar gain.
• A “butterfly” roof whose angles are optimized for the solar panels, provides overhangs for ample sunshade and diverts rainwater to a large cistern in the basement.
• Chicago’s first single-family gray water system (a major feat), which converts used water from the house’s washing machine to clean water that can be used in its toilets.
• A 10kW solar photovoltaic system (48 panels!) and 4 evacuated tube solar thermal panels – combined with geothermal heating and cooling, the systems are expected to generate enough power to exceed the house’s projected energy use by 40 percent.
• Most finishes are recycled and rapidly renewable, and include sustainably and locally harvested materials .
• Several green roofs and native and low maintenance landscaping throughout the property.
• Conveniently located adjacent to Chicago’s Metra Ravenswood train stop in addition to several city CTA hubs.
(Images: Christopher Walker/Chicago Tribune)