The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters' (CRCC) Labor & Management Committee is spearheading "The Green Home," a state-of-the-art construction project in Lemont, IL. "The Green Home" is an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient home designed for modern comfort and convenience, yet built to challenge the natural elements. Factor in cost-saving, innovative products and the CRCC is raising the bar on construction.
One of the goals with building "The Green Home" is to not only comply with the U.S. Department of Energy's Builders Challenge and the U.S. Green Building Council rating system, but advance beyond conventional construction standards.
Creating an eco-friendly home starts at the core of the house, with energy-efficient and sustainable insulated concrete forms (ICFs). ICFs are lightweight yet rigid, bring a heightened layer of thermal resistance (R value), and increase construction productivity, saving on labor costs.
The spacious, five-bedroom house located in the Briarcliffe subdivision of Lemont boasts an open floor plan. Using technology advancements in home automation, "The Green Home" will be a smart home. The future owners of this home will have at their fingertips a dashboard of residential controls to regulate all lighting, heating, ventilation, air conditioning, appliances, security and other systems with a touch of the finger on their smartphone or device resulting in convenience, energy efficiency and safety benefits.
Inside, skilled carpenters and complementary trades will be constructing and installing the most energy-efficient features. The house will use a radiant heat system, which is more efficient than baseboard and forced-air heating systems. Also, a smart-grid power source will be used. High-efficiency light bulbs and smart appliances will be throughout and "The Green Home" will use highly insulated R-5 windows—the top-of-the-line energy-efficient windows for cold and mixed climates. ENERGY STAR®, the joint program of the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, supports the use of triple-glazed (aka, triple pane or heat mirror) windows. These high-performance windows save energy and, consequently, money.
Outside the home a rainwater retention system will be installed. By capturing rainwater, it can be used for watering gardens or agriculture.
The end result of "The Green Home" will be the envy of any homeowner wanting a sophisticated, convenient, comfortable, energy-efficient, environmentally friendly place to live. The Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters' Labor & Management Committee has listed the home on the Multiple Listing Service. A portion of the sale proceeds will go to a soon-to-be-announced charity. The CRCC, its carpenters and contractors are committed to the green community and the residents of Lemont. The CRCC: Uniting craftsmanship with technology for a sustainable future.