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Green Homes Coming Into Their Own in Chicago

April 11, 2012

Green homes have steadily become an increasing presence in the Chicago real estate market thanks to quality home builders successfully merging environmental responsibility with luxurious living. Well aware that the Chicago area receives the brunt of all four seasons each year, home builders have implemented methods to increase a home’s energy efficiency without discarding comfort by using creativity through construction to help build a new era in the evolution of green homes.

green home graphicSo what does a new home need in order to be classified as a 100% Energy STAR® certified construction? Two criteria exist:

  • Homes are at least 15% more energy efficient than homes built to the 2004 International Residential Code (IRC)
  • Home include additional energy-saving features that make them 20-30% more efficient than standard homes

M/I Homes features eight townhome communities that are 100% Energy STAR® certified construction. By building homes with effective insulation, efficient heating and cooling systems, high performance windows and doors and Energy STAR appliances, M/I Homes has produced quality households with an emphasis on being environmentally friendly.

K. Hovnanian Homes has introduced their High Performance Homes in the Chicago area. Featuring new homes communities in Wauconda, Elgin, and two in Oswego, these High Performance Homes offer the best in green construction. With a focus on energy-efficient appliances, water conservation and indoor air quality, K. Hovnanian High Performance Homes lower your energy usage while lowering your monthly utility bills.

Finally, there is “The Ultimate Green Home” created and built by Robert Lord Builders, Inc. that features a plethora of energy-saving accommodations that would make even the most green-home aficionado green with envy. From the foundation to the roof and everything in between, “The Ultimate Green Home” brings green living to the forefront of dream homes.

Robert Lord Builders, Inc. "Ultimate Green Home"

A few of the eco-friendly features of the “The Ultimate Green Home”:

  • Underground geothermal heating and cooling system
  • Closed-cell foam insulation
  • Hybrid water well
  • Dual-fuel hybrid kitchen
  • Eco-paver driveway
  • Direct-vent, high-efficiency, sealed-unit fireplaces

Check out these new homes in the Chicago real estate market to see how builders have constructed state-of-the-art residencies with an eye on saving the environment and reducing homeowner’s costs.

About The Author

Read All Stories By Mitch Levinson

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.

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