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Das Haus | 630 Green Bay Road Highland Park, IL 60035 view map 
This home was built to balance high performance, human health, and functional design for a young family of four.
Construction Status: Complete

SIZE: 2,080 square feet

PROJECT TYPE: Single Family – New Construction

DOE Zero Energy Ready Home (Achieved)
ENERGY STAR for Homes (Achieved)
HERS Rating (Achieved)

Evolutionary Home Builders
25 N River Lane, Geneva, IL 60134
EHB is a performance centric design build firm that is passionate about helping increase health and wellness of our clients through a holistic design, materials, and construction coordination.  EHB also builds high energy efficient Passive House, Net Zero, and Net Zero Ready homes that use no onsite fossil fuels.  We also offer this in prefabricated building components, and full volumetric modular projects.

Tom Basset Dilley Architect, Ltd.
216 Harrison, Oak Park, IL
TBDA is a nationally recognized firm specializing in high-performance, healthy, and Passive House architecture for new building and renovations.

Eco Achievers
1647 W Fulton St, Chicago, IL 60612
EcoAchievers provides consulting, energy rating, and third-party verification services to help deliver sustainable, high-performance homes. Experience with Energy Star, LEED, NGBS, and GreenStar programs.

The Evolutionary Home/Evolutionary Supply & Building Solutions
200 S. Third St., Geneva, IL 60134
630-485-1818/ 312-952-5451
A building supplier specializing in everything builders and architects need to build sustainable, healthy, energy efficient, and durable homes.  Building Solutions is a one stop shop for materials from foundation to furnishing that have all been vetted to perform at the highest level. Also, a retail outlet specializing in home goods, decor, and furniture that integrate high design with health and sustainability.

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Located steps (358 to be precise) from the Ravinia Metra stop and 1408 steps to the renowned Ravinia Park, Das Haus, as it was dubbed by the homeowners who commissioned the project, is an example of modern day living in a walkable community.  The young family of four wanted to move to a commuter friendly location outside of the city, and wanted to live in a home that met the performance benchmarks, quality, design, and lifestyle that inspired them in Europe.  The Integrated Design Team of Evolutionary Home Builders, and Tom Bassett-Dilley Architect came together to work with our clients in order to achieve all of their goals, and within a budget on par with other new construction homes in their neighborhood.  What was not up for debate were the lofty performance goals and standards that the team set for the project.

The main areas focus on this project were livability for the family, health & wellness,  energy efficiency, sustainability, and lots of large windows to connect to the outdoors.  This project was detailed using Passive House principles: air tightness levels, continuous exterior insulation, and technologies; however not quite to the point of certification under that standard.  What does become very apparent when in the space is the ultra comfort , healthy environment, and the thoughtful design.  This all electric low energy home features a balanced fresh air ventilation system with heat recovery, ductless mini split heating / cooling, instantaneous hot water, energy monitoring, super insulation, European windows, reclaimed white oak flooring, toxin free materials and finishes throughout (FYI this is not the norm that it should be in modern construction), and all Net Zero Ready – plug and play and the energy bill goes away.

This home is an example of modern living, and truly sets a higher expectation for what a home can and should be!