On Air with Worldview

Just found your way to this blog? There is a good chance that you listened to Worldview 0n WBEZ with Jerome McDonnell and heard the segment about the deep energy retrofit of our 111-year-old masonry two flat.

The interview may have stoked your curiosity and interest. If so, can tour our building this Saturday (09/28) from 10:00 am till 4:00 pm. If you can’t make it or you have follow up questions on what you heard, this blog is the resource you want to use. To save you some time, I have composed a list of links that lead you to key posts.

This is where it starts – the building envelope

The best way to save energy is to effectively insulate and air seal the building envelope:

Electrical – saving watts

Now that the building is well insulated and air sealed, let’s take a closer look at how to bring our electricity consumption down:

Saving energy – hot water

And it’s not all about electricity. Bringing the hot water consumption down saves energy and ultimately dollars:

Staying warm

How do you stay warm during our Chicago winters? Here is what we did:

You still have questions? (and I bet you have)

Join us on Saturday, September 28th between 10:00 am and 4:00 pm to take a tour of our project.


About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

One thought on “On Air with Worldview

  1. I just listened to the segment; great information!

    Your blog has helped us a lot on our own project, it’s good to hear you’re spreading the word. See you at the open house!

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