Archive for Green Building

Going Green: Save the Environment and Save on Your Insurance Bill

If you’re passionate about protecting the environment, you know that every little energy-saving effort counts. Your efforts are making a difference on this earth, but did you also know that your efforts could make a difference in your wallet? And we’re not just talking about reduced energy costs, because now many insurance companies, from auto [Read More]

September 30, 2013 | Author: Mitch Levinson | Comments: (0) | Categories: Chicago Real Estate News, Featured, Green Building, Green Living, Green Tips, Insurance

A Sustainable Home Meant to Last

What does ‘green’ really mean? In corporate America, it’s definitive and quantifiable, such as Patagonia’s $20 million green venture capital fund or Cisco’s stringent greenhouse gas reduction goals, which just landed it on the prestigious annual Global 100 list of world leaders in clean capitalism. “That’s not how it works for the rest of us,” [Read More]

August 17, 2013 | Author: Chicago Tribune | Comments: Comments Off on A Sustainable Home Meant to Last | Categories: Chicago Real Estate News, Energy Efficient, Green Building, Green Building AOI, Green Living

Getting Fair Appraisals on Energy-Efficient Homes

The National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) Webinar Wednesday series continues this Wednesday with the “High-Performance Appraisals: Steps for Success” webinar. This educational opportunity, provided by the experts at NAHBGreen, will provide attendees with a better understanding of the appraisals process, as well as the tools needed to receive an appraisal that reflects the added [Read More]

Green Machine: Illinois Gets Its First Department of Energy ‘Challenge Home’

The state’s first ultra-eco-friendly U.S. Department of Energy “Challenge Home” just finished sprouting in Downers Grove. The 3,600 square-foot house, a project of Weiss Building & Development and Tom Bassett-Dilley Architect, is decked out in the latest green goodies including an underground storm water system, high efficiency windows, return air circulation in most rooms, exterior [Read More]

June 28, 2013 | Author: Curbed Chicago | Comments: Comments Off on Green Machine: Illinois Gets Its First Department of Energy ‘Challenge Home’ | Categories: Chicago Real Estate News, City of Chicago, Energy Efficient, Green Building, Green Building AOI, Green Living

Chicago’s First Passive House Just Completed in River Forest

Chicago’s first Certified Passive House has been completed by Weiss Building & Development. This is the 28th Passive House in the U.S., and it shows how efficient a home can be without the necessity of expensive equipment. Architect and Certified Passive House Consultant Tom Bassett of Dilley Architects designed the 3,600 square foot home in [Read More]

Brandon Weiss Named NIHBA Builder of the Year

Brandon Weiss, owner of Weiss Building & Development was recently named the 2012 Northern Illinois Builder of The Year by The Northern Illinois Home Builders Association. “It is a true honor to receive this award, and to be recognized as one of the top builders in the area. It is especially rewarding to receive an [Read More]

April 26, 2013 | Author: admin | Comments: (0) | Categories: Awards, Energy Efficient, Green Building, Green Living

Green Trends to Look For in Chicago New Homes

With more homebuyers seeking energy efficient upgrades and environmentally-friendly building for their residences, builders and designers are seeking out more ways to meet these demands. The blog Greener Ideal shares their expectations for green and energy efficient home technology now and in the future: Energy – The increasing efficiency of green technologies means that the [Read More]