Beautiful LEED Modern Home in Illinois


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.

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  • Anonymous

    Very nice. Philip Johnson would be proud.

  • Anonymous

    I’m not sure why this home is being held up as a model. Seems crazy to have 3 walls of glass and both the floor and ceiling living space exposed to the elements.

    Hard to imagine how this could be a very energy efficient design.

  • M Realty

    That is a great looking house! I really like the design of it, both interior and exterior. My favorite part is the zero waste idea, we should have been doing that to homes forever.


  • Anonymous

    After scanning through the article I had to go back to see if this wasn’t a reno of a house by Pierre Koenig.

    He was doing this 50 years ago!

  • Paulkaplan5

    Cool house with its retro design elements- I can’t imagine this house working in the desert though. Love the Riviera in the carport!

  • Keith

    Visually stunning! Like LifeAction I have to wonder how all of that glass can possibly be energy efficient. Especially in a state like Illinois.

  • Vicky

    The foam product also helps control moisture condensation because it does not shrink or settle It is fire resistant and reduces heating and cooling costs significantly and its thermal seal keeps cold air in and unwanted air out Spray on insulation has also been known to improve indoor air quality.

  • Jason La Fleur

    Illinois has been lacking on the Residential side, but things are picking up steam fast. The new web site leedforhomesillinois(dot)org is a good documentation resource to see what’s happening in the area.

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