Residential Building Design & Construction
- Utilizing existing infrastructure
- Implementing environmental management during construction
- Constructing green houses
What is it?
The Village of Glencoe is overwhelmingly a residential community composed mostly of single-family residences with some townhouses, some multi-family buildings, and some mixed-use residential buildings.
Why it is important
As a suburban village, the quality of life and environment is represented by the residential structures, which occupy the majority of the land and require the most demand from the Village infrastructure. Glencoe properties range in size from narrow lots to estate sized lots, which both carry unique sustainable impacts. Narrow lot structure emphasizes the importance of building proximity, stormwater run-off, solar access, visual privacy, and contextual design. Estate subdivisions with larger homes provide for more green space but also bring the burden of extended infrastructure, more paving, and more open land in the private realm.
Regardless of lot size, closely associated with the residential structures is the development and maintenance of the landscaping and yards of these residences. While a large landscaped lot may be seen as a natural positive, the costs of maintenance of that landscaping, if not handled in a sustainable manner, can trigger higher impacts from fertilizer run-off, irrigation, and fuel consumption.
Consequently, each residence on a single lot is minor in impact, but collectively residences can have a significant impact on Village infrastructure (water, wastewater, electricity, gas, roadways, etc.) during the extremes of weather.
The management of environmental impacts due to construction/renovation of residences is an important issue for the Village because of the noise, air pollution, construction waste disposal, and potential damage to existing infrastructure and property.
370 Washington Avenue Awarded LEED Platinum Status
On Friday, January 27, 2012 homeowners Barry and Natalie Slotnick of 370 Washington Avenue were awarded a LEED Platinum residential certification by the U.S. Green Building Council for their commitment to create a “green” home. LEED, whose name originates from the acronym Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally recognized green building certification system. The Platinum rating is the highest achievement in the LEED for Homes program. There are only two LEED Platinum new construction homes in the State of Illinois; 370 Washington Avenue is the first on the North Shore.
Designed by Kipnis Architecture + Planning of Evanston, the home was constructed by Scott Simpson Builders for Barry and Natalie Slotnick in 2010. Green features of 370 Washington Avenue include:
• Green roof
• Natural daylighting
• Radiant floor heating
• LED recessed lighting
• Cement fiberboard siding
• Compact plumbing core design
• Passive whole house ventilation
• Solatube natural daylighting tubes
• Rain barrel water collection system
• Permeable driveway and yard paving
• Solar thermal and photovoltaic panels
• Low and no-VOC materials and finishes
• Prefabricated building shell components
• Closed cell foam R-40 walls and R-55 roof
• Passive solar design with calculated shading
• Garage wired for Volt electric car recharging station
• Integrated app controlled ultra high efficiency HVAC systems
• Recycled content standing seam metal for storm water collection
• Significant locally sourced and/or recycled content materials throughout
• Native and low maintenance landscaping by Christy Webber Landscaping
LEED for Homes Project Snapshot - 370 Washington Avenue