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This is the first detached, single-family home in Illinois to obtain LEED certification.  The modern residence received certification a little over a year ago in May 2008, so there's no new news, but the home is beautiful and worth sharing.  Designed and owned by Alphonso and Michelle Peluso, co-founders of Vertex Architects, LLC, the home is support by six, exposed steel columns that complement the exterior glass and stained cedar cladding.

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Here are some of the green aspects of the Peluso Home:

  • Near zero waste design;
  • 1,700 gallon rain water harvesting system;
  • Rooftop 1.5 kW solar photovoltaic system;
  • Use of low-VOC paints throughout;
  • Use of efficient tankless water heaters;
  • Use of Energy Star lighting and appliances;
  • Use of both spray cell foam and recycled newspaper insulation;
  • Whole house, radiant heating w/ polished concrete floors;
  • Drought tolerant landscape design; and
  • Indoor atmosphere quality monitoring.  

For those of you that are interested in the nuts and bolts, Michelle kept a three-month blog of the construction progress at LEED Green Home, which is pretty insightful. 

Also, the only other project certified under the LEED for Homes program in the state is Wis Tavern, which we mentioned a long time ago.  I'm not sure why Illinois doesn't have more certified homes — maybe you'll have some expertise to share in the comments — but both Wis Tavern and the Peluso Home are great examples of cutting edge design and sustainability from the state. 

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Photo credits: (c) Nathan Kirkman.