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.
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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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.
Illinois LEED for Homes recently got a big boost when the 11 townhomes built by Brinshore Development in Highland Park received their LEED Gold certifications. The best part is, the affordable housing project captured regional and national attention for its ability to be replicated in other communities.
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.
Chicagoland will be bursting at the seams with capacity to build green homes after people attend the LEED for Homes workshop taught by USGBC on Wednesday, November 3 at the Merchandise Mart. Here are the course details
The Illinois Solar Energy Association is coordinating its annual Solar Tour on October 3, 2009. This year, several LEED for Homes projects are participating on the tour.
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 […]
The Nautilus House sprung from a need to fix a leaky roof, and a vision for energy and water independence on a beautiful wooded building site. Form follows function in this building designed to capture sunlight, water, and air currents. Like a nautilus, it unfolds in an organic shape spiraling upward and outward on the […]
View / Download Project Profile and Video Here Architect: Danny Forster (Harvard graduate) Host of Build it bigger on the Discovery Channel The first LEED Gold Certified home in all of Northern Michigan “While we are well-versed in latest high-tech gadgetry, we see sustainability largely as a matter of careful logic and inventive planning. In […]
Once we got into the process, we learned that certifying our home meant we were getting a guarantee that it was built correctly and operating efficiently. How many homes come with a guarantee? Through the testing and third party verification required by LEED we had documented proof that all the important elements of a home’s […]
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