Bucktown Home on Honore in Chicago

In 2014, MWA completed it’s second LEED home which is currently in the final stages of LEED Gold certification. This modern city home repurposes a former local bar space, and incorporates features such as a tight building envelope with spray foam insulation, solar hot water, high efficiency landscape irrigation, and high albedo exterior finishes to reduce energy consumption. All exterior paints and finishes have low volatile organic compounds (VOCs) to limit off gasing. All lighting is LED, and all framing and cabinetry is FSC certified wood with no added formaldehyde. The FSC is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management the world’s forests. These systems combine to provide a healthy and sustainable environment.

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About LEED for Homes

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) consists of a rating systems for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings and neighborhoods. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), it is an internationally recognized process for providing building owners and operators a concise framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.

Why Build a LEED Home?

LEED-certified homes are designed to maximize fresh air indoors and minimize exposure to airborne toxins and pollutants.

They’re designed to save costly resources – energy and water. On average, LEED-certified homes use 20 to 30% less – with some homes reporting up to 60% less energy use – than a home built to code. Using fewer resources means lower utility bills each month.

They’re third party inspected, performance-tested, and certified to perform better than a conventional home.

Green homes can be built for the same cost as conventional homes. And they’re resold for more money in less time than traditional homes. Making this happen for your project just takes proper planning. We can help!



The U.S. Green Building Council is a nonprofit membership organization whose vision is a sustainable built environment within a generation. Since USGBC’s founding in 1993, USGBC has grown to more than 18,000 member companies and organizations and a comprehensive suite of LEED green building certification systems. Its membership includes corporations, builders, universities, and government agencies.


Morgante Wilson Architects, LTD

General Contractor
LG Development Group

Green Rater
Laureen T. Blissard, AIA, ALA, NCARB, LEED AP HOMES
LTLB envirotecture

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