Architects to Roll Out Winnetka’s First Green Home

April 21, 2010

An article in this weeks Pioneer Press about the Home of Distinction in Wilmette.  This LEED certified home will raise money to support RMHC-CNI.

Architects to roll out Winnetka’s first green home

April 20, 2010


As Winnetka officials have commissioned environmentally friendly construction projects in recent months, they’ve hoped businesses and residents might follow their lead.

Already, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design — or LEED — certification has become a priority for the Park District, and village officials have said they hope to certify the Village Hall building during upcoming renovations.

 1092 Oak in Winnetka is the village’s first LEED certified dwelling.
(Joel Lerner/Staff Photographer)

 Architects of 1092 Oak St. in Winnetka, the village’s first LEED-certified dwelling, said they wanted to show that one could make a LEED-certified traditional home.
(Joel Lerner/Staff Photographer)

Businesses have expressed some interest — a proposed structure that would replace the Fell Company building would include environmentally friendly features, for example.

Now, Winnetka’s first potentially LEED certified home is almost complete and ready for viewing. The house is at 1092 Oak St.

As part of an effort to show the home and boost the concepts behind green building, and to benefit a Chicago charity organization, the developers and architects will host tours of the home next month.

The home will be open for touring from between May 13 and 30. Tours on Thursdays through Saturdays will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday tours are noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $10.

Proceeds will benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana.

Tickets can be purchased online by visiting and clicking the “Chicago” link.

Property developers Greenspire Properties LLC, based in Winnetka, commissioned the house’s construction with the goal of showing the potential for building environmentally friendly.

Mandy Brown, of Highland Park-based Mandy Brown Architects, designed the home.

“We wanted to show that you can have a traditional home that’s a LEED certified home, as well,” she said.

Among notable green features is a concrete roof, designed to keep the air inside cooler. Faucets and plumbing fixtures are low-flow. And the walls are insulated with bio-foam material made from soy beans.

The outside is designed for environmentally friendly landscaping. The plants are native and drought-resistant.

Actual construction met LEED requirements, too. When possible, material was acquired locally to reduce transportation, and building waste was minimized.

Brown touted the home as a sound investment for a future Winnetka homeowner.

“LEED homes are considered to be healthier, they last longer, and they cost less to heat and cool,” she said.

It’s one of the first such residences built in the area, but already, the home has attracted much attention, Brown said.

Allison Mabbott, events manager for Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, said her organization is happy to help introduce the home.

“Green technology is huge right now,” she said. “The fact that it’s the first LEED certified home in Winnetka might spark some interest.”

In addition to posing an opportunity to boost its fund-raising, the Ronald McDonald House has a personal stake in the success of green technology.

“The green movement is catching on so quickly. We’re excited to be a part of it,” Mabbott said. “We’re building the world’s largest Ronald McDonald House ever right here in Chicago, and that’s going to be a LEED certified home, as well.”