Entries by Brett Little

LEED Spec Homes for sale in Chicagoland

LEED for Homes projects in Chicago’s western suburbs are being listed on the Northern Illinois MLS for prospective home buyers. Four models are available ranging from 3,000 – 3,600 square feet, each featuring 4 bedrooms and 3+ bathrooms. All models are targeted at the Certified level within the LEED for Homes rating system, although upgrades are available that may improve the certification level.

Seminar on Dec. 1: Demystifying LEED for Homes

The Green Home Institute has put together a two and a half hour seminar, “Demystifying LEED for Homes for Building Professionals” to help builders, architects, real estate developers, and other professionals to learn about the LEED for Homes rating system. The first seminar offering will be Tuesday, December 1, 2009 in Chicago.

LEED for Homes Myth #1: FSC lumber

In residential construction under LEED for Homes, using FSC certified wood is not required, unless tropical wood is planned for the project. However, there are points available to reward and the use of FSC lumber as an under the Materials and Resources credit MR 2.2 Environmentally Preferred Products (EPP) , but using FSC lumber is not explicitly required.

Poised for Growth

Last month, Illinois received its third LEED for Homes certified project (a net-zero energy Platinum home in Chicago designed by Farr Associates). However, while there are many other LEED for Homes projects in the works, I know we can do better. After all, Chicago leads the nation in commercial LEED buildings.  With the USGBC’s annual […]