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Oak Park Home Earns LEED Platinum Certification

May 16, 2012

The home at 1135 North Grove in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park has earned LEED Platinum certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for achievement in green homebuilding and design. This marks the first residence in Oak Park, home to historical properties built by notable architects, to receive LEED certification.

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New custom LEED home in Oak Park, IL

LEED for Homes is a green home certification system for assuring homes are designed and built to be energy- and resource-efficient and healthy for occupants. LEED certified homes complete a technically rigorous process that includes a home energy rating (HERS) and onsite inspections to verify that the home is built to be energy and water efficient, environmentally sound, and a healthier place to live.

The single-family home was built by Wicklow Development Group, renowned for their expertise in green building and historic preservation.

“As a LEED Platinum home, 1135 North Grove is at the national forefront of green homes, and serves as a model of healthy and efficient living for the entire community,” said Jason La Fleur, Regional Director for the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability, who also served as the third-party verifier for the project. “Their example can help us all to live better by reducing our environmental footprint, cutting the costs of our utility bills, and coming home to a healthier place to live.”

Oak Park Solar PV panels

Solar panels on the roof of 1135 Grove

1135 North Grove reduces energy use 66% below the typical new home built to code.  The four bedroom project features:

  • Low-e argon windows.
  • High efficiency lighting fixtures.
  • Detailed attention to preventing air leakage.
  • Blown-in fiberglass insulation.

Other energy efficiency upgrades include a geothermal heating system which also provides most hot water heat, and a rarely-used backup electric water heater. An ultra-efficient electric induction cooktop is used in the kitchen. The roof angle was optimized for solar panels which produce electricity to power the home, without visually disturbing the home’s facade.

“Fitting a new construction home into a historic neighborhood creates a challenge for designers and builders,” says homeowner Tim Carey. “This project demonstrates that you can build a beautiful, traditional looking home, with a green design and features, yet keep with the character of an established community such as Oak Park.”

Electric induction cooktop and high end kitchen finishes

Induction cooktop and high-end kitchen finishes

The Oak Park home has achieved an impressively low 34 Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score as a result of incorporating energy saving products and technologies . The combination of electric using-and-producing systems at 1135 North Grove has resulted in affordable energy bills for the homeowners who have been living in the home for a full year. The house has had modestly low electricity bills, and as an all-electric home no natural gas is used, so there are no natural gas bills.

About The Author

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Jason La Fleur is the Chair of the USGBC Illinois chapter's Residential Green Building Committee, and is a Project Manager for the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability. He is a member of the national US Green Building Council (USGBC) Education Committee, and assisted with creating the education standards for LEED AP continuing education. Jason is also the chair of the Education Committee for the Illinois Solar Energy Association, and an instructor for the organization. For six years, he developed courses for real estate appraisers and led the Appraisal Institute's Green Building Project Team, working with sustainability-minded real estate professionals. Additionally, he is actively involved in residential green building and the LEED for Homes program in the Chicago region. Jason holds a Master’s in Education from the University of Illinois, and has over ten years of project management and curriculum development experience. Further dedication to sustainability is demonstrated in his LEED Accredited Professional designation.

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