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Chicagoland’s First Passive House

December 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

While it was popularized—and now thrives—in Germany and Scandinavia, the passive house concept actually started in the 1970’s, at the University of Illinois. The technology stagnated in the US after the energy crisis receded, though it took off in Europe.

But, as more developers and consumers in this country accept sustainable architecture, the search is always on for the next superlative in green building. Currently, a passive house truly is the greenest option for new construction. It will likely be some time before another technology dethrones it.

So when the Lema Family decided that they wanted to build a durable, super-efficient home, it wasn’t long before they decided to build a passive house in suburban River Forest, the first certified passive house in the Chicago area.
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JJC Opens First LEED-Certified Community College Greenhouse

April 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If it could, a leafhopper that sneaks through the roof of Joliet Junior College’s (JJC) new Greenhouse Facility this spring would gloat. Its lower-flying fellow pests cannot penetrate the structure: the near 16-foot walls are too high, and the passive ventilation system offers no vents or fans to slip through. But just as it prepares to dig into a chrysanthemum, that leafhopper gets sucked up and out of the facility.
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