Slotnick Residence - LEED Platinum Home
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Slotnick Residence – LEED Platinum Home | 370 Washington, Glencoe IL  view map

The Northshore’s First New LEED Platinum Home – ‘High Design/Low Carbon™’

SIZE: 5,500 square feet

PROJECT TYPE: Single Family New Construction

• LEED Platinum


Kipnis Architecture and Planning
1642 Payne Street Evanston, IL 60201
Kipnis Architecture + Planning is recognized as one of Chicago’s premier award winning, sustainable architectural practices – ‘High Design/Low Carbon™’

Scott Simpson Builders
1529 Shermer Road Northbrook, IL 60062
Dedicated to creating an unparalleled product. We bring expert design, craftsmanship, building science and project management to every project. We’re passionate about designing and building the best of the best.

Solar Service, Inc.
7312 N Milwaukee Ave Niles, IL 60714
Solar Service makes going solar simple. Chicagoland’s most experienced and trusted solar provider can make any home, new or existing, more comfortable and energy efficient.


Situated in a very ‘walkable’ community, this accessibly designed home is the first new LEED Platinum home on the Northshore, and only the second in Illinois. It achieved a super-low 32 HERS rating, meaning it uses only 32% of the energy compared to a ‘standard’ new home, due to its super insulation, panelized construction and attention to detail.

A challenging site necessitated massing the home as essentially two south facing masses, connected on the east side. This ‘U’ shape allowed for a green roof to become the home’s central focus. Unlike many green roofs, this roof is an integral part of the home, accessible from both the master bedroom and main hallway.

The roof, made of recycled content standing seam metal, allows for many green features. Its asymmetrical shape funnels water onto the green roof. The steeper south facing roof is for solar thermal panels, optimized for the low winter sun, and the shallower south facing roof section supports solar PV panels, whose electrical production is maximized for the middle of the day in the summer as a CO2 reduction strategy.

Informed by traditional, low impact building philosophies, including operable transoms, the home maximizes natural daylighting and ventilation strategies.