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Project tour with Green Affordable Housing Cohorts

We hosted a tour for the Green Affordable Housing Cohorts earlier this year. I like to think that the organizers of the training program liked what they saw and what they heard, because they came back with another class.


Who exactly are these Cohorts? They all have signed up for the Green Affordable Housing Training Series, which is organized by the Chicago Community Loan Fund, USGBC-Illinois Chapter, and the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability.

We toured the building again from top to bottom, looking at the nuances of turning an existing 110 year old building from energy hog to energy saver. Of particular interest were the insulation, air sealing and energy saving strategies.


But we also touched on salvaging, material reuse, and resource efficiencies. Also of interest to this group were indoor air quality and health, as well as creating a building that will become affordable to operate, run and maintain. As always, we ended up with more questions than we could answer in the short time we had.

I am glad to see a green building training program with a focus on affordability, and feel privileged to have had a small role in it. Really, I could get used to this. Well, the next best thing will be our open house on Saturday 9/28.

Tour our deep energy retrofit – open house #4

If you would like to tour our deep energy retrofit and look at the salvaged materials in the kitchen, the efficient range hood, the ventilation system with the Energy Recovery Ventilator, our efficient structured plumbing, the hydronic heating system, our green roof prep work in the attic, or how we insulated our building, make a note of this date:

Saturday 09/28/2013

We will open the doors for you to tour our deep energy retrofit

starting at 10:00 am and concluding at 4:00 pm

If you are in the process of remodeling or are thinking about it, you don’t want to miss this event. Cathy and I will be on hand to show you around and answer any questions you may have.

If you have any questions regarding the open house, feel free to leave a comment. We will responod to you as soon as possible. See y’all on Saturday 09/28.

Overrun by green building trainees…

… but you won’t hear me complaining about it. Quit the opposite! I was delighted to host a tour of our deep energy retrofit to the participants of the Green Affordable Housing Training Series.

This pilot program had been developed by the USGBC–Illinois Chapter, in partnership with the Chicago Community Loan Fund and the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability. It appears that the program is recruiting participants for a second class in 2013.

I have my disagreements with the direction USGBC has taken, the products it offers and promotes and the LEED point shopping that seems to dominate so many LEED registered projects. That said,  I am delighted that the Illinois Chapter is offering the Green Affordable Housing Training. It will begin to fill an important information gap and is right up my alley.

I took the group of 18 through the building and explained our research and decision making process – from how and why we insulated the building and energy saving strategies for the plumbing system, to the kill switch.

We talked about cost and had excellent discussion on what affordable green building options are available these days and what makes sense. Well, what else would you expect from a herd of energy nerds?

So much fun! I am sure this wasn’t the last tour we will host.