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Eco-Broker: Simplify Going Green

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For home buyers and sellers today, there are many green home certifications as well as options to make existing homes greener. But what makes the most sense for you and your family? What will benefit your health and comfort as well as your budget? With extensive education on what makes homes healthier and more energy and resource efficient, I can help identify green ratings and certifications to address your specific needs and concerns. In addition, I have a network of trusted service professionals who can implement green upgrades that may ultimately increase the efficiency of your home. After all, a home that is green is a home that can help save you green.

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As an NAR Green Designee, I can help you:

  • Market and sell your green certified home or home with green features.
  • Identify green features and upgrades that offer the best payback period.
  • Connect with industry professionals who can facilitate green upgrades.
  • Identify ways to improve your home’s energy efficiency and indoor air quality.
  • Take advantage of available tax credits and incentives.

Complete your green home transaction with confidence. Work with an NAR Green Designee. Get started today contacting me directly or by visiting GreenResourceCouncil.org. NAR’s Green Designation is awarded by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).



How to get ahead in sustainable living.

See on Scoop.itSustainable Green Real Estate

The GuardianHow to get ahead in … sustainable livingThe GuardianAdvising tenants on how to reduce their carbon footprint and cut their energy costs is becoming part of the core skills expected of frontline housing officers.

Jim Gramata‘s insight:

Sustainable living starts with healthy homes and having these core sustainable principles to all aspects of our built environment.

Post Topics:

green, healthy homes, healthy homes Chicago, sustainable, Smart buildings, green building, green energy, carbon footprint, housing

See on www.guardian.co.uk

#USGBC Is at it again with this awesome interactive and innovative website they just launched to promote the global initiatives being discovered and improved around the world. GBIG

Green Building Information Gateway http://ow.ly/fYHml #healthyhomes

Lets make sustainable housing for everyone – Steve Glenn

For those that don’t know who Steve Glenn is check out this ‘DoLecture” video below and see how his group is putting sustainable building methods and practices to work in Los Angeles and around the globe. The mission is strong and one I believe can be replicated here in Chicago. He starts off by discussing his past, his inspirations and his business mission and vision. He hires an architect and builds his own home using top award-winning architect Ray Kappe and the results are inspiring. 

Here are some of my notes from the video I wanted to share:


  • There are companies that wed process and purpose. Both business imperative and social imperatives. Purposeful businesses. Prius, Whole Foods, Patagonia
  • Golden Rule: believe in a greater social mission with your business models. 
  • Developers are more important than architects. They hire architects to meet their vision. 


  •   GREAT DESIGN: appreciate products with great design (form and function)
  •   HEALTHY & SUSTAINABLE; products that are healthy and built in a sustainable way
  •   NO SUPPLY: can’t find homes that reflect these values

Living Homes Model: 

  •   World-class architects who design standardized Living Homes
  •   Extremely comprehensive (Z6) environmental program
  •   Pre-fab to make homes better, quicker, cheaper and smaller ecological footprint

Ray Kappe LIving Homes (SiArch)

Kieran Timberlake Living Homes

Jim Rouse    Better Places, Better Lives: Autobiography of James Rouse

New Urbanism: Festival Market Places

The Enterprise Board; Grants and loans for affordable housing


4 systems: 

  •   Manufactured (wheels -movable / HUD control)
  •   Modular (built in pieces and assembled on site/ City jurisdiction
  •   Panelized homes
  •   Pre-cut/Kit homes


  1. Time savings 1/2 or at least 1/3 faster than site built
  2. Materials savings/Efficiency (30-40% standard site built waste production vs 3-10% pre-fab waste). Store materials onsite of fabrications
  3. Modules: expensive to ship (air not flat)
  4. Panels ; flat easier to ship; more efficient 
    1. Living Homes uses a combination of Modules and Panels: 
      1. bathrooms/kitchens/utility cores ; LivingHomes uses modules
      2. walls and floors LivingHomes uses pre-fab panels systems
  5. US Buildings:
    1. 39% of All Energy for US goes to Buildings
    2. 71% of electrical consumption
  1. Energy: zero-energy very important
    1. tight envelopes 
    2. energy efficiency
    3. zero water
    4. zero energy
    5. emissions/ IAQ
    6. plants and indoor air quality system
    7. steel is highly recyclable
    8. newsprint insulation

Movable partitions to allow growth

Add rooms and stories

Young adult to family to down size after move out

Zero Ignorance

  • make responsible choices
  • Prius feedback

Lucent Technologies

performance technology and measuring of homes

Homes Sustainability Score Card

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Green and Healthy Homes Initiative


A great group and a great cause. Consider making a donation today to help this group with their mission to prevent childhood illness and to create safe and healthy homes!

Donations to the Coalition to End Childhood Lead Poisoning assist in our efforts to prevent childhood lead poisoning and create green, healthy and safe homes. All donations will be acknowledged with a written or electronic receipt. And remember, no matter how much you can give, every dollar makes a difference in the life of a child and every little bit counts! See how your donation can help a family in need today:

Donate | Green and Healthy Homes Initiative.


NY Times Op Eds Show Why …

NY Times Op Eds Show Why LEED Chemical Credits Are Needed

This past Sunday’s New York Times Week In Review contained two important opinion editorials that underscore both the need for the proposed LEED credits on chemical disclosure and avoidance, and why these proposals have earned the US Green Building Council (USGBC) such vicious attacks from the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the trade association of the chemical industry.

Healthy Building Network.