Midwest Green Homes

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Mission Zero House: A Net-Zero Retrofit

Dec 14, 2011 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

There really is nothing more challenging that I can think of than taking a home in a historic district and taking it to net zero energy. But it sure helps to start with the right home.

Good bones
When I asked Matt Grocoff, “Why this house?,” the first words out of his mouth were, “Good bones!” Despite the home’s age, the foundation and structure were sound.

Happy owners

Green Renovating A Home And A Career

Jun 14, 2011 | Oak Park, Illinois

In 2004, Jason La Fleur and his wife Jennifer bought a classic Arts and Crafts home in Oak Park, Illinois, home to the largest single collection of buildings designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

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This Green Garage is a Powerhouse

Dec 11, 2009 | Chicago, Illinois

By Thomas McGrath

With help from a photovoltaic (PV) array, this garage in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood produces far more energy than it consumes. Made from durable green materials, the garage is providing power to workers undertaking a gut rehab of the 1890s single-family home at the same address.

Clean lines and attractive materials in an affordable kitchen

Teenagers Build an Affordable LEED Platinum Home

Jul 16, 2009 | Columbus, Ohio

Betsy Pettit, GBAGreenBuildingAdvisor.com advisor and consultant to this project, points out that we’re in a dynamic time. “Push the envelope,” she remarks, “because what’s new now will be normal sooner than you think.”
 

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