The Green Armitage development in Chicago is an example of leadership in green building.
- "According to computer modeling, the building exceeds the EPA's Residential Energy Star standard by significantly more than 50% (project target is 85%), which gives buyers a significant energy savings over a similar conventionally-built unit.
- Revolutionary ELFI wall system for super-efficient insulation.
- ELFI exterior walls perform at R-40 and roofing panels at R-60 thermo-insulation values. (Chicago code requires only R-13)
- High-efficiency HVAC and tankless water heaters create a high level of comfort with less energy.
- Low or no-VOC paints, finishes and sealants as well as formaldehyde-free custom cabinets help prevent indoor air pollution."
Best of all, I didn't see a mention of the too-trite-for-words "granite countertops" anywhere on the website. Instead they are using Paperstone, an FSC-certified product with the hardness of stone, made from post-consumer recycled paper. This product is endorsed by both the Rainforest Alliance and Smartwood. The builders have recognized their responsibility to deal with water conservation and runoff management: plumbing systems are highly efficient, and "storm water runs to ground where it percolates down into the porous soil instead of Chicago's overwhelmed storm sewers." The team involved includes George Sullivan's Eco Smart Building . George has been a leader in the green building movement for several years and is now finding himself much in demand.