TS04 - Oak Park: A Historic Neighborhood Embracing Sustainable Living

Saturday, November 17 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk « Back

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Oak Park, known for its vibrant heritage as the home of both Frank Lloyd Wright and Ernest Hemingway, is growing and embracing sustainable living. Participants will tour Downtown Oak Park and witness how transit-oriented developments are aiding the dramatic growth of the neighborhood while revitalizing the downtown commercial environment. Attendees will visit District House featuring 28 artful urban residences in the heart of Oak Park and LEED for Homes certified within the Hemingway historic district. At this building, visitors will understand the building performance measures applied to reduce energy and lower costs on this new multifamily construction project and tour a representative unit. This tour also includes The Austin Gardens Environmental Education Center, a new 2,100s.f. building for the Park District of Oak Park, IL (PDOP) designed to inspire and teach about energy conservation, water conservation, and connection to nature. The project is Platinum LEED Certified, and currently enrolled to be certified under ILFI’s Net Zero Building program. Some building features include: triple-glazed windows, a ground-source heat pump system with heat recovery ventilation, a solar photovoltaic system, rainwater reclamation for toilet flushing, and reuse of lumber from killed local ash trees for trim throughout the facility. Outside the building, landscape design minimized tree removal, provided outdoor classroom garden space to the east, incorporated rain gardens for roof runoff, and provided a public plaza to the west of the building. Portions of this tour are walking between sites, please dress warm and be prepared for poor weather.

Learning Objectives:

Explore and observe a downtown-scale transit-oriented development environment, currently in development, offering the chance to compare past and present neighborhood conditions.

Discuss policy and strategy driving the project through interaction with development and municipal professionals.

Explain code challenges to project implementations, including water reclamation for toilet flushing at an Environmental Education Center.

Assess passive envelope design strategies for conserving energy.

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Event Type: Tour > Session