Oak Park Residence

This beautiful home was finished in fall 2010. Owners Roy Schuster and Mary-Chris Jaklevic moved from Chicago and wanted to build a "durable family home that complements traditional neighborhood architecture while minimizing the carbon footprint for decades to come" (Mary-Chris). They were introduced to the concept of passive houses when the design was a more typical "green home", using geothermal heat pump and 2pane windows.

CTI worked closely with the architect Tom Bassett-Dilley of Oak Park, IL to design a thermal bridge free, superinsulated envelope, and improve the passive structure as a whole. In return, we eliminated the need for a geothermal heat pump. By putting more money into walls and windows and less into mechanical systems we kept the overall project cost about the same.

Other sustainable features: Energy-efficient appliances, recycled glass tile, locally soured lumber; recycled/recyclable tile and carpet materials; dual flush toilets; WaterSense faucets; eco-friendly landscaping

Website of the architect Tom Bassett-Dilley of Oak Park: www.drawingonplace.com

Project blog by Mary-Chris Jaklevic

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Building Information  
Conditioned floor area: 3,857ft2
Volume envelope 34,677ft3
Compactness: 2.1
Foundation walls R35
Sub floor slab R35
Walls R45
Roof R50
HVAC Air source heat pump for both heating and cooling
Heat recovery ventilator;
HERS 35 (third party verified)
PHPP annual heating
energy in kWh/m2
  65% more efficient than IECC 2006 (buit to code)
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