Age in Place LEED Home

WESTERN SPRINGS, IL

Planning for aging and accessibility is a common theme in our residential work, reflecting owners’ desires to make their new home able to accommodate their aging needs. The ground floor is accessible and has all living functions along with a bedroom suite. With second floor guest/grandkids’ rooms and flexible-use rooms, the spatial concept was to unify upstairs and downstairs under a sweeping, sheltering roof, which faces south for solar PV; the stair volume pushes up through the roof and lets in light from above, with the back wall of the stair acting as a kind of sundial. The home’s upfront carbon footprint is minimized through low-embodied energy materials (“concrete-less” slab, double stud walls and roof structure insulated with cellulose, salvaged brick for site walls and greenhouse), and its operational energy is minimized through Passive House design. Although we employed the Passive approach, the owners chose to certify under LEED to broaden the certification metrics to site, water, and materials, in addition to energy.
 

Expected Completion Date
2023

General Contractor
Sturm Builders

Structural Engineer
Carsello Engineering Inc

Civil Engineer
Haeger Engineering

Third-party Testing and Verification
Eco Achievers

Energy Use per Architecture 2030
Without solar: pEUI = 12.5, 75% reduction