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New Mortgage Leads to Residential Solar

June 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

What if a homeowner decides to purchase solar panels? The most routine and most cost-efficient route to residential solar is through leasing. But a new type of mortgage now makes solar ownership a possibility.

The HomeStyle Energy Mortgage is a new product from giant investor Fannie Mae. It is intended to allow homeowners the ability to purchase solar panels or make other energy-efficient home upgrades. Because it makes use of long-term lending, the loan can be had for less than 4% interest.
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Energy Benchmarking Begins at Your Roof

January 15, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Bill McHugh, CRC Executive Director

Whether it’s a new project or a retrofit, saving energy and money starts at the top. Nowhere are a building’s extremes more evident than the roof, especially last winter season. This is where heat is lost in winter and infiltrates in summer; where wind and precipitation meet the building’s top with a vengeance, challenging it physically and structurally.
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New Facility Will Train Electricians in Next-Gen, Sustainable Technologies

November 10, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The IBEW NECA Technical Institute (IN TECH) campus has long been a recognizable site to drivers on I-294 as they travel through southwest suburban Alsip. It will soon stand out even more, however, after distinctive structures including turbines and solar panels go up. That’s not to mention a building that will look like the latest spaceship to land in the Chicago region since the Soldier Field redesign.
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One of the Newest CPS Schools is Also the Greenest

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Goode5By Matt Baker

The Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy opened its doors in 2012, but it doesn’t have a single student. Here, pupils are “innovators.” As its name suggests, the high school specializes in science, technology, engineering and math. These are the areas of study from which future jobs are likely to spring; this is where future innovation lies.

But the students aren’t the only innovators involved, as one of the newest Chicago public schools is also the greenest. Located in Chicago’s Ashburn community, Sarah E. Goode STEM has been recognized with several awards, including an Excellence in Engineering Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The school has also been certified LEED Platinum by the USGBC—a first in the state.
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Eye on Industry: The Green Method

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

method1Factories can be noxious and dingy places. But they don’t have to be. The nation’s first LEED Platinum manufacturing facility is under construction right now in Chicago.
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