Evanston All- Electric ADU | July 8th @ 3:30 PM
A new coach house, built behind an existing two-flat, that demonstrates how sustainability and social equity can work hand-in-hand
Designed by Evanston residents David Forte and Ralph Hoffman, this detached accessory dwelling unit (“ADU”) is part of the ComEd Electric Homes New Construction Program and shows how a home can be healthy, affordable, and climate-resilient for the future. Located in Evanston’s 5th Ward, this project is a great example of how green, high-performance homes and ADUs can advance social equity.
Evanston Development Cooperative utilized structural insulated panels for the project. These pre-engineered wall panels replace traditional stick frame construction for a stronger, more energy efficient building envelope. For insulation, closed cell polyurethane is injected in the factory to give standard 4.5” walls an R-value of 26. They yield tighter structures which reduce HVAC energy consumption by more than 70%.
In collaboration with the City of Evanston, this 2-bedroom ADU utilized HOME funds from U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development to rent at 60% of the Area Median Income (AMI). By building on land already owned by Housing Opportunity Development Corporation, the project had no land acquisition costs. Further, because of the lower operating costs on an energy efficient structure, the project’s sustainability features will help HODC manage the unit at an affordable price for decades.
Evanston Development Cooperative (EDC)
2100 Ridge Avenue Suite 3601, Evanston, IL 60201
Housing Opportunity Development Corporation (HODC)