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.
The ambitious project, known as Hyacinth Place, is a fantastic example of how LEED Homes can be accessible and do not have to be expensive. The attached single-family townhomes were built with affordability in mind, targeted towards teachers and nurses.
The 3 bedroom/2.5 bath, 1550 square foot townhomes feature a highly energy-efficient design as well as a geo-thermal heating and cooling system which is expected to reduce utility costs 50%-75%. Other green features include wind turbine energy generation for common area lighting, attractive courtyard permeable paving stones, an energy-efficient reflective roof, energy-star appliances, bamboo flooring, eco-friendly cabinets and carpeting, and landscaping that incorporates native plants.
Hyacinth Place serves as the City of Highland Park’s model demonstrating affordable, eco-friendly, transit-oriented housing. Each home includes a balcony, basement with an additional 300 square feet and an attached, two-car garage. Townhomes are located within blocks of the Ft. Sheridan Metra station, bus routes, and bike path.
The townhomes were sold for $239,000 by the Highland Park Illinois Community Land Trust (HPICLT) to households earning up to 120% of the Area Median Income (approximately $90,000 for a household of four). The HPICLT is a nonprofit organization established by the City of Highland Park to develop high-quality, affordable housing. For more information, visit www.hpiclt.org