Nation’s First Green Neighborhood In Suburban Chicago

September 29, 2009
Village in Burns Harbor

Village in Burns Harbor

Green technology use and implementation in new homes is not a new trend.  Developing and building an entire green neighborhood is new and The Village of Burns Harbor was completed recently in southeast suburban Chicago, in neighboring Indiana.  Using energy efficient techniques, resource efficient materials and sustainable land development can create the best of the green building movement.   The Village of Burns Harbor is the green model of the midwest of large scale green practices put to practical use.

Built on the vision of his own youth, developer T. Clifford Fleming sought to recapture that experience of a neighborhood community where everyone knows everyone and residents feel at home. As Mr. Fleming states “homes are built in a neighborhood that encourages and inspires the same sense of community that made my youth so wonderful”.  The Village of Burns Harbor is located in a beautiful part of Northwest Indiana known as Duneland and only 43 miles from downtown Chicago.

The green building technology of the neighborhood is the star of the development Each of the homes will be certified by the National Association of Home Builders as “Green Built Homes” of at least a silver level.   The certification process is conducted by third-party verifiers that conduct comprehensive energy, resource and land use analysis across many criteria.  Further, these eco-friendly homes will be priced between $190,000 and $250,000, in order to provide quality houses to everyday people.  Not only are these an investment in our environment, but an investment in quality construction that will save you money over the life of the home. Finally, the unique education opportunity demonstrates building elements on the cutting edge of the industry.

The National Green Building Standard is the first residential green building rating system to undergo the full consensus process and receive American National Standards Institute approval. The four threshold levels – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Emerald – allow builders to achieve entry-level green building, or the highest level of sustainable “green” building incorporating energy savings of 60% or more. Single-family & multi-unit homes, residential remodeling projects, and site developments are all covered in the Standard.

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Mitch Levinson is the author of “Internet Marketing: The Key to Increased New Home Sales” published by BuilderBooks. He is an Internet marketing expert with expertise in search engine optimization, website development, email marketing, social media and CRM consulting services. He is known for creating effective programs that can be tracked through analytics to prove effectiveness and ROI. Mitch is founder and president of MLC New Home Marketing and MLC FlatFee Realty, as well as managing partner of mRELEVANCE, LLC, a Marketing, Communication, Interactive agency with offices in Chicago and Atlanta. He currently leads the Chicago team. A Multi-Million Dollar Sales Producer who earned an MBA in Computer Information Systems and eCommerce, he brings a unique perspective and experience to the field of real estate communications. Mitch combines the two interests in order to help home builders and developers gain a competitive advantage through the Internet and technology. When he isn’t behind a computer, he enjoys participating in sports and coaching his kids’ teams. Mitch resides in Arlington Heights, Ill., a northwest suburb of Chicago, with his family, which includes two rambunctious labs. Visit my Google+ profile.



This is probably one of the best examples of practical, affordable highly efficient green homes in this country. I’ve seen a lot of green homes and this fits the bill on many levels.


Great to hear, this development received very little coverage here in Chicago.

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