Concept House to Showcase New Construction Techniques

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Ground has been broken on Chicagoland's first 'Health/Energy Star/Technology' concept house and will showcase a cohesive package of special construction techniques aimed at building a healthy, energy efficient and modern home for the new millennium.

December 01, 1999

Ground has been broken on Chicagoland’s first "Health/Energy Star/Technology" concept house and will showcase a cohesive package of special construction techniques aimed at building a healthy, energy efficient and modern home for the new millennium.

The single-family, Prairie-style residence in southwest suburban Homer Township has a budget of $250,000 and is set to open for public viewing in February of 2000. It will meet the criteria for a Health House as established by the American Lung Association; follow the Environmental Protection Agency’s guidelines for an Energy Star home; feature passive solar and green architectural design elements; and will be equipped for technology uses in the new millennium.

"In designing the Concept House, we have taken many proven ideas and technologies and put them together in one cohesive package," says Steve Pickett, vice president of Pickett & Associates, the architectural and engineering firm in Romeoville, Ill. that designed the home. "Our objective is to make home builders and buyers aware of the fact that these ideas are affordable, easy to implement and will make a significant difference in energy conservation and a more healthy indoor environment."

The 3112 square-foot, two-story home incorporates such energy-efficient construction techniques as 2-by-6 studs with R-19 insulation, taped and sealed ductwork joints, radiant floor heat, hot water recirculation, solar photovoltaics and a concrete main-level floor to retain and radiate warmth.

Whole-house ventilation and an air filtration system are the main components to maintain superior indoor air quality. The home also features waterproofing and drainage around the foundation for maximum moisture control and a high-efficiency furnace with fresh air intake.

Technology-savvy systems for the future include category 5 cable with telephone and cable jacks in each room. The house has data lines for internet access, video, two phone lines as well as the capability for security, in-house communication and a programmable thermostat.

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