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Evanston’s 1st LEED Platinum Home! | 1426 Mulford St., Evanston, IL 60202   view map 
This all electric home (without a natural gas connection) integrates natural ventilation and daylighting, best practice mechanicals and amazing architecture, inside and out!
Construction Status: Complete

SIZE: 3,225 square feet

PROJECT TYPE: Single Family – New Construction

HERS Rating (Pending)
LEED for Homes (Pending)

Kipnis Architecture + Planning
1642 Payne Street, Evanston, IL 60201
We are guided by the idea that architectural design excellence need not be sacrificed for principles of sustainability. Rather, we believe sustainable design expands the possibilities for innovative architectural forms, construction methods and the use of materials. A particular expertise is the architectural integration of passive solar and bioclimatic design.

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The concept for this home was to create one level living in this spectacular modern home that combines technical efficiency with dramatic architecture – ‘High Design/Low Carbon™’! This was the inspiration for the floor plan to be laid out in an “H” shape with a half barrel roof.

The structural system utilizes exposed, curved glulams that intersect in the main space to form an amazing, high ceiling that culminates with a series of remote controlled clerestory awning windows. These provide great natural daylighting as well as natural ventilation.

The home was designed without a natural gas connection as a way of disengaging from fracked natural gas use. Alternatively, the house runs on mainly electric energy. There are five electric mini-split HVAC zones used in the home, combined with ERV air intake systems. The cooktop is an induction system, and the water heater and dryer are hybrid electric systems. Inside the garage are two charging station locations for electric cars. From the energy modeling done on the house, the predicted Energy Use Intensity from the Architecture 2030 Commitment is 13, a 74% reduction from the baseline of 49.5 kBtu/s.f./yr.

Many of the materials are from recycled materials, local materials and non-toxic materials. For instance, the siding is a combination of cement fiberboard siding and siding made from waste fly ash, a waste product of the coal industry. The wall cavity is filled with a net and blow cellulose insulation.