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Chicago’s 2014 GreenBuilt Home Tour Shows Off Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Home Design and Construction

The one-of-a-kind tour of healthy and sustainably-built homes features projects from the Wisconsin border to Naperville and beyond.

Chicago, IL –The 2014 GreenBuilt Home Tour, scheduled for July 26-27, features 18 one-of-a-kind homes that demonstrate the present and future of residential design and building innovation. The unique event, now in its second year, helps raise public awareness about healthy and sustainable home-building practices in real-world applications.

Each home on the GreenBuilt Home Tour features a variety of residential design ideas, building practices, mechanical systems, materials, fixtures, and furnishings applicable to a wide range of home styles, sizes, and prices. Of the 18 homes, five are renovation projects: a Chicago bungalow, a luxury 4-flat, a suburban colonial, a single-family home turned artist studio, and a 94-year old American Four Square home. Homeowners looking to renovate an existing home, or build a new home can connect with the area’s most accomplished green-building pros to get ideas and ask questions.

The tour debuted in 2013 as an initiative of the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter. With 16 homes on the inaugural tour more than 1,500 visits were tallied. During this year’s tour approximately 70 volunteer docents will be on site to assist visitors and assemble groups to explore each residence – led by the home’s architect or builder approximately every 30 minutes throughout the day from 10 am to 4 pm.

Setting the caliber for “green” building, the USGBC-Illinois requires that homes on the tour be third-party verified (or pending verification) to ensure they are built to national standards – earning certification through programs such as: ENERGY STAR for Homes, LEED for Homes, GreenStar, the National Green Building Standard, HERS rating, and Passive House. The following is the list of homes that will be featured on the 2014 GreenBuilt Home Tour:

NetZero Home on Race
Sustainable & Attainable Residence Chicago
Urban Renovation – Deck With A View Chicago
Charles Heppner Artist Studio Chicago
Chicago Net Positive Home Chicago
Wellington Remodel Chicago
All Electric Greywater Rehab Oak Park
The Adaptation House River Forest
Project Greenfill Brookfield
Wesley Chapel Project Chatham
Lisle Eco House Lisle
DJK Naperville Eco-Smart Home Naperville
Uber Haus Geneva
Swainsen’s House at Serosun Farms Hampshire
Terra Green Crystal Lake
The Healthy Dream Home Twin Lakes, WI
SmartHaus Northbrook
314 Park Residence Wilmette

Tickets for the tour, which takes place the last weekend in July, can be purchased on the GreenBuilt Home Tour website. An all-access pass for unlimited visits both days is $25.00. Single home passes are $10.00, with all proceeds going to support USGBC-IL chapter initiatives.

To connect with the tour on social media, or to see images and drawings of the homes, please visit the tour at:


About the U.S. Green Building Council – Illinois Chapter
The USGBC-Illinois is non-profit membership-funded organization working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work. It is the local affiliate of the USGBC, a national nonprofit composed of leaders from every sector of the building industry. The Chapter offices are located in the Merchandise Mart. For more information, contact the Chapter’s Executive Director Brian Imus at 312-245-8300, or email at: [email protected] or visit

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