Chicagoland GreenBuilt Home Tour includes Net Zero homes, tools and tips for homeowners

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The US Green Building Council-Illinois (USGBC-Illinois) has announced that this year’s third annual GreenBuilt Home Tour of 16 unique homes on the weekend of July 25 and 26. The unique event helps raise public awareness about healthy and sustainable home-building practices in real-world applications.

“The tour provides one-time public access to both completed and in-progress homes, each one designed and constructed to demonstrate a number of green-building approaches varying architectural styles and settings,” said USGBC-Illinois executive director Brian Imus,“It’s about bringing to the life the difference green building design and construction can make for anyone interested in saving money and the planet.”

Since the tour’s debut in 2013, a total of 31 houses have been shown, and more than 3,000 visits have been tallied. This year’s tour will have more than 100 volunteers and docents, with tours led by the home’s architect or builder  on-site to assist visitors and lead groups to explore each residence.

This year’s tour features nine LEED rated homes, six Energy Star Rated homes, six homes that utilize solar energy, and four renovated homes, in Chicago, Forest Park, Wilmette, Batavia, Pembroke Township, Hampshire, Wildwood, Oak Park, Park Ridge, Geneva, and Romeoville.

To qualify for the tour, homes must be third-party verified or ending verification through nationally recognized programs such as: Energy Star for Homes, LEED for Homes, GreenStar, the National Green Building Standard, HERS rating, and Passive House.

For more about attending the tour, including a list of homes, addresses and pictures, visit www.greenbuilthometour.org. All proceeds support USGBC-Illinois chapter initiatives.

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