Glencoe Green Home

 
 

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Welcome to our home

Welcome to the Glencoe Green Home website. As a part of the LEED building process, we are sharing information and experiences with the hope of educating and inspiring others to build green and live more sustainably. The home is located in Glencoe, Illinois, a village 30 minutes north of downtown Chicago on the shore of Lake Michigan.


Why did we build green? This is one of the most frequent questions we are asked.  We are passionate about the environment and want to do our part to protect and preserve it though sustainable building and living.  Our two young children have also inspired us to do the right thing...for them as well as future generations.  We want to lead by example and teach our children to respect and protect the planet and it’s resources. Our goal in building the Glencoe Green Home was to demonstrate that the environmental impact of a home can be decreased substantially with smart environmental design features and fixtures, while still creating a beautiful traditional home that maintains the character of the community. 


On December 23, 2011, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) awarded the Glencoe Green Home LEED Platinum status, the highest available rating for a residential or commercial building. The home is the first on the North Shore and the fifth in the state of Illinois to receive this distinction.


The guidelines for the Glencoe Green Home are those established by the USGBC’s LEED For Homes program. Please refer to their website, www.usgbc.org, for more information on LEED and the rating system.