Chicago Green Homes Program

Chicago Green Homes Program

189 Pages · 2009 · 2.98 MB · English

Introduction 3 Version 2.0 An Introduction to the Chicago Green Homes Program Version 2.0 April, 2009 INTRODUCTION The residential construction industry uses vast

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Chicago Green Homes Program Guide Version 2.0 April 2009 Table of Contents 2 Version 2.0 TABLE OF CONTENTS Introduction………………………………………………\ ……………………………………………..3 100 Sustainable Sites………………………………………………\ ……………………………....10 200 Energy Effi ciency………………………………………………\ ……………………………….31 300 Materials………………………………………………\ …………………….…………………..86 400 Health & Safety………………………………………………\ ……………………………….122 500 Resource Conservation………………………………………………\ …….…………….….141 600 Homeowner Education………………………………………………\ ……...……..………..158 700 I nnovation ………………………………………………\ ………………………………………162 Glossary………………………………………………\ ………………………………………………\ 163 Appendix A: Chicago Climate Data..………………………………………………\ ……………184 Introduction 3 Version 2.0 An Introduction to the Chicago Green Homes Program Version 2.0 April, 2009 INTRODUCTION The residential construction industry uses vast quantities of this nation's resources. Through practicing greater environmental sensibility, we can positively, and with lasting and meaningful impact, construct buildings that use fewer resources to build and operate, have a reduced impact on the environment and influence the direction of developing technologies and materials. The purpose of the Chicago Green Homes Program is to encourage residential builders, developers and homeowners to use technologies, products and practices that will: • Provide greater energy efficiency • Provide healthier indoor air, • Reduce water usage, • Preserve natural resources, and • Improve durability and reduce maintenance. • Reduce waste and pollution INCENTIVES THE ENVIRONMENT The intent of these guidelines is to provide a framework to reduce the environmental impact of single-family homes and multi-family buildings by those who develop and live in these buildings. OWNERS/OCCUPANTS There are also benefits for homeowners and occupants who own and live in a green residence. Primary benefits that owners/occupants of green residences realize compared to owners/occupants of conventional residences include: • Improved energy efficiency meaning comfort and savings for the owner/occupant less pollution for the earth • Healthier indoor air means comfort, health, and peace of mind for

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