Zero-Energy Building Sets Up in Chicago’s Loop

September 25, 2012

Many Chicago new homes are being constructed with energy-efficient technologies and designs, but older homes can benefit from the upgrades as well. If you want to learn more about advanced technologies in sustainable construction and operational energy savings, there’s a traveling pavilion in Chicago this week you should see.

Das Haus is a zero-energy building that was constructed in Chicago’s Daley Plaza to offer residents a chance to learn about sustainable technology in a hands-on setting.

energy efficient chicago new homesThe Das Haus pavilion tour has been traveling through the U.S. and Canada, making stops in 12 major cities. This week, the exhibition is in the Loop through Sunday, September 30, and it is open to the public.

The international pavilion from Germany is fully functional and demonstrates advanced renewable energy and energy-efficient solutions.

Some of the highlights includes:

  • A room that provides superior indoor comfort through a thin yet super-insulated envelope, heat-recovery ventilation and cooling and triple–pane windows that optimize solar heat gain and minimize heat loss.
  • Solar energy collection systems that generate power and provide additional insulation benefits.
  • Wall construction systems that represent a range of insulation techniques and materials designed to resist thermal conductivity, avoid thermal bridging and maximize year–round indoor comfort.

According to Das Haus officials, “The techniques and technologies presented are applicable to a wide range of real–world applications and budget demands.”

What: Das Haus Pavilion Tour

Where: Daley Plaza, 50 W Washington St., Chicago

When: The pavilion will be open to the public daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through September 30. There are also scheduled events and the opportunity to register for a guided tour.

Visit: Das Haus Tour Chicago for more information

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