The first LEED Gold-certified home in Glenview, Illinois – and our first LEED project, too – this home is notable for its inspired blend of cutting edge technologically, substantial number of reclaimed building materials, and sustainable building practices. A spacious indoor courtyard and expansive outdoor views – specifically choreographed to afford a sense of privacy in spite of nearby (yet unseen) neighbors – blur the distinction between inside and out; an abundance of glass furthers the effect, while simultaneously flooding the house with natural light. Relaxed, natural, comfortable, and comforting – all describe this one-of-a-kind home.
In 2012, Morgante Wilson Architects obtained LEED Gold certification for this single family home. The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the national bench mark for sustainable green building practices. This project incorporates several green building technologies, including spray foam insulation, a geothermal system, a solar hot water system and rainwater harvesting tanks which will supply a drip irrigation system for all landscape. In addition, all materials have been carefully selected to be durable, healthy and environmentally friendly. All framing and cabinetry is (FSC) Forest Stewardship Council certified wood with no added formaldehyde. The FSC is a non-profit organization devoted to encouraging the responsible management the world’s forests. The floors are reclaimed hardwood floors and all paints and finishes are Low VOC Volatile Organic Compounds.