Environs Development wins Gold Key Award for Lincoln Park Home

November 16, 2011

Chicagoland Real Estate Forum congratulates Environs Development for winning a Gold Key Award in the category of “Excellence in Green Construction: Custom Home Design” for the home at 2040 Kenmore in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood.

2040 Kenmore is proof that green building does not have to mean sacrificing elite design technique. This home is a total of 40 percent more energy efficient than required by the 2004 International Energy Conservation Code, yet its appearance is typical of Lincoln Park charm.

The traditional brick-and-limestone facade gets an update from the contemporary bay that expresses the vertical character of the home. Lofty height, nonetheless, is anchored by a strong limestone cornice.

The open portal between the dining room and kitchen connects formal and informal spaces, capitalizing on the trend of changing standards and blurring the character lines between casual and formal spaces.

Most important, however, our achievement of Silver status through the National Green Building Verification program with this home. Construction focused on increasing the air tightness of the home and providing integration of air exchangers into mechanical systems. Blower door testing yielded air leakage of only 1.35 air changes per hour compared to state standard of 7.0. We also achieved a Home Energy Rating System (HERS) rating of 60, besting the New Homes Standard of 100 by 40 points.

The Home Builders Association of Greater Chicago Key Awards were created in 1972 to recognize excellence in housing design, architecture, interior merchandising, remodeling and landscaping. It has since evolved into one of the premier housing programs in the country.

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