Before the ground completely thaws and the building season kicks off, Chicago’s local LEED for Homes provider, the Green Home Institute, is launching a series of green building seminars around the Chicagoland area. The class, titled Demystifying LEED for Homes for Building Professionals, is a comprehensive overview of the LEED for Homes green building rating […]
About Brett Little
Brett Lives with his wife and son in Grand Rapids MI in a GreenStar Bronze Certified remodeled home that is 90 years old. He is passionate about sustainable business and helping people make their lives more sustainable. He has been a volunteer with GHI since 2008 prior to becoming the executive director. He is a Home Energy Magazine entrepreneur 30 under 30 recipient and loves to Kayak and drink craft beer when not greening homes. Credentials: LEED APH, LFA and GHP
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Ever wonder what goes into making a LEED home? Now is your chance to tour a home going through the LEED for Homes program that is substantially complete, pending final testing and verification. And best of all, the tour is free.
Recently, many people have told me they thought a LEED for Homes certification was going to cost many thousands of dollars – even over $10,000. This simply isn’t true, at least not when using the Green Home Institute (Green Home Institute) as the LEED for Homes Provider. So let’s bust this myth.
The Village of Northbrook has a great incentive program for green building. to promote Green building techniques in public and private sector construction projects, they are giving rebates for LEED-certified buildings. Northbrook uses the LEED rating system to distinguish different levels of sustainability in construction projects. In turn, for building green, there is a rebate […]
Tour a home going through a green gut-rehab on January 22. Located in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago, this LEED for Homes Registered project is resusing as much of the original 1890s structure as possible. The gut-rehab project is targetting LEED Platinum, and includes a Green Garage with a solar-powered awning providing power to the […]
There are two types of green insurance policies for homeowners. One covers buildings that already meet stringent efficiency and sustainability standards. The other offers the option to replace any losses incurred on the property with more environmentally sensitive materials. Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co. of Novato, Calif., was one of the first companies to introduce homeowners […]
Our very own LEED-Platinum home in Chicago has won recognition from other builders for its innovative design and construction. The Yannell residence made Builder Magazine’s Top Ten Coolest houses in 2009
We’re pleased to share developing news that Northern Illinois’ Mulitple Listing Service (MLS), will be adding support for green building features in 2010. This development is something we at LEEDforHomesIllinois.org have been keeping a close eye on, and are very pleased to see this implemented. An official announcement is likely forthcoming in the new year. The […]
This homes siding is a hand hewn cedar log siding from Homestead Timbers with Anderson windows. The project will be topped off with a burgundy metal standing seam roof. The interior will be using a lot of recycled content, including cabinets for the wet bar and laundry room. Vanity tops for two bathrooms various columns […]
LEED for Homes projects have relatively simple documentation requirements. The forms are all contained in one Excel file, making the documentation requirements for a LEED for Homes project much simpler than what is needed for other LEED projects.
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