TM11 - Greening the Way to Sustainable Urban Living

Monday, November 12 from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk « Back

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Whether it’s an old urban dwelling or a brand-new home, there are design strategies that can be implemented to make a home sustainable and work with the environment. A 116-year-old two-flat in North Lawndale is a great example of taking an older home and retrofitting it to be net-zero and LEED for Homes certified. Because this building is in a low-income neighborhood, the retrofit was done with affordability in mind, and the owner has become a community resource about the innovative energy solutions he incorporated. The property in the Grand Boulevard community on this tour is previously unoccupied land owned by the city, and adjacent to the elevated train tracks. In addition to designing the homes to LEED standards, careful consideration in being taken to mitigate the noise level for these buildings. The home in the South Shore area of Chicago is another example of an older home that has been recommissioned with green goals in mind. Through strategic water management on the property (including bioswales and rain screens), a residential hydronic radiant cooling system, solar thermal panels that are integrated with the hot water system, and a lush, nutrient-rich landscape, this home is a prime example of sustainable living. There is no wheelchair access to the projects, visitors will sign a site-specific waiver in route to the tour.

Learning Objectives:

Describe energy strategies that can be implemented in homes to support an energy-efficient or net-zero energy design.

Explain how solar can be incorporated into a home design in direct technological and passive ways.

Identify home and landscape strategies that support moisture control, stormwater treatment, and general water management.

Recognize the challenges of designing affordable, sustainably-designed homes.

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Event Type: Tour > Session