These homes are aimed at aware buyers looking for high quality construction using eco-friendly materials and practices.The initially higher cost of environmentally-responsible building will pay for itself over the first few years of ownership. For example, the use of geothermal heating and cooling, in synergy with passive-solar techniques, provides estimates of 60 to 70% savings in energy costs, alone.
Entrances to these homes are at grade or street level, and provide easy accessibility to all. These homes are attractive to everyone from "Empty-Nesters" to young families. In addition, the possibility of adding an elevator later is thoughtfully designed to accommodate an elderly or less mobile resident. Providing versatility in arranging space, and emphasizing sensitivity to changing needs, just makes good sense.
Other features include a second-floor laundry center and master bedroom suite opening onto a private terrace. High-ceilinged, sunny rooms throughout give these homes a sense of spacious comfort without sacrificing a cozy feel. Front and back cantilevered terraces provide elevated outdoors access. A variety of appointments and finishes which make use of available renewable resources, such as sustainable flooring and wool carpet, will be welcomed and expected of a luxury home. Wallpaint used is manufactured to prevent unhealthy fumes and gases normally released during application of traditional paints. All appliances are EnergyStar rated. The landscaping features will allow water conservation by using hardy indigenous plants and wildflowers. Innovative design and state-of-the-art technology will appeal powerfully to the growing segment of people concerned about the environment and ever-increasing energy costs. Buyers of these homes will take an active role in shaping the future of building here in Chicago by reducing overall carbon footprint. Additional incentives arise from the homes' qualification for the Energy Efficient Mortgage program underwritten by the federal government. Real estate tax savings allowance for the life of the mortgage is an extra inducement.
Because these homes are to be built in accordance with the Green Permit Certification program, the issuance of permits is shortened from months to weeks. The first Future Green Chatham home will be 8042 S. Martin Luther King Drive. The home will act as the model, allowing prospective buyers, media and other interested individuals to experience the home's practical application of "Green" technology. As with any leading edge product it is expected that a fair amount of media attention will be generated by not only the finished model, but also the construction as it progresses. The existence of earth-friendly homes like these underscores the certainty that innovative future-oriented living is possible, right now, in the heart of the community. This could be your next home.
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