23 July 2009 – Chicago finally has its first net zero home. Simply stated, a net zero home produces as much energy as it uses. Chicago resident Michael Yannel has built a 2,695 square foot showcase for emerging green technology at 4895 N Ravenswood. The home?s green features include 48 photovoltaic roof panels, a rain water collection system, geothermal heating and cooling machines, and a gray water system that converts water from the home?s washing machine for use in the toilets. While costs of building a net zero home today likely run well above the average home owner?s budget, this home makes a powerful statement about the future of green construction in residential buildings. For more details on this and other net zero homes, read Blair Kamin?s piece in the July 22 Chicago Tribune.Email This Post To a Friend.
Greenest House in Town
July 23, 2009
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