State-of-the-Art 'Green Home' Goes on the Market

Posted: 7/23/2012

Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters
A Positive Force in Building Communities
12 East Erie St., 10th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611-2796
Phone: 312-787-3076
FAX: 312-951-1516

July 22, 2012
Don Scott

Lissa Druss Christman
312.943.1955 or 312.259.8600


Carpenters Lead the Way in Building an Energy-Efficient House;
Portion of the Sale Proceeds to Benefit Charity

Chicago-"The Green Home"—a sophisticated, energy-friendly, single-family residence constructed in Lemont, IL, for the 13-episode television series Built to Last®—is for sale and listed through Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell.  The 2,565 square-foot, LEED-certified ranch home is designed for modern comfort, energy efficiency and convenience, yet built to challenge the natural elements.

The five-bedroom house, located in the Briarcliffe subdivision, boasts an open floor plan. Using technology advancements in home automation, "The Green Home" is a smart home built for design and performance. 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, resulting in convenience, energy efficiency and safety benefits. Among the home's features are multizone mechanicals, energy-efficient appliances, solar panels and a rainwater retention system.

The home is priced at $550,000 and is listed by Debbie Prodehl of Coldwell Banker Honig-Bell (708-301-4700) in Homer Glen, IL.

"'The Green Home' is an attractively unique, functional home and unlike anything else we have ever listed in the area," said Prodehl.  "The Carpenters have built this home seeking LEED Platinum status, which is the highest level of designation possible when certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. That designation for performance is based on lower operating costs and increased asset value; reduction in landfill waste; energy and water conservation; healthier and safer living environments for occupants; mitigation of harmful greenhouse gas emissions; and the potential to qualify for tax rebates. Combining the potential for cost savings with a reduced environmental impact and all the bells and whistles of sophisticated technology, this is a must-see for anyone interested in the latest and greatest in home building."

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of "The Green Home" will benefit charity. Those beneficiaries will be announced publicly in the near future.

Built to Last®, a product of the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters' Labor and Management Committee in production partnership with Lakeshore Public Television, is in its second season. Beginning in 2013, the show will hit the airwaves nationally, detailing step-by-step construction of Lemont's Green Home intended to highlight sustainable construction and environmentally friendly materials and innovations.

"Our goal with building 'The Green Home' is to be the industry leader when it comes to construction of new homes that are built for energy efficiency and optimum performance," said Carpenters' President Frank Libby.   "We maintain the most advanced training program, producing skilled tradesmen who are properly prepared to meet today's energy-efficiency needs. For people looking to address energy loss and associated high costs in their current homes, our certified energy analysts (CEAs) are properly trained and credentialed to help homeowners with those interests as well.