Project tour with Green Affordable Housing Cohorts

We hosted a tour for the Green Affordable Housing Cohorts earlier this year. I like to think that the organizers of the training program liked what they saw and what they heard, because they came back with another class.


Who exactly are these Cohorts? They all have signed up for the Green Affordable Housing Training Series, which is organized by the Chicago Community Loan Fund, USGBC-Illinois Chapter, and the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability.

We toured the building again from top to bottom, looking at the nuances of turning an existing 110 year old building from energy hog to energy saver. Of particular interest were the insulation, air sealing and energy saving strategies.


But we also touched on salvaging, material reuse, and resource efficiencies. Also of interest to this group were indoor air quality and health, as well as creating a building that will become affordable to operate, run and maintain. As always, we ended up with more questions than we could answer in the short time we had.

I am glad to see a green building training program with a focus on affordability, and feel privileged to have had a small role in it. Really, I could get used to this. Well, the next best thing will be our open house on Saturday 9/28.


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.

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