Monthly Archives: August 2011

The Orchards Group Completes First Eco-Comfort Home

The Orchards GroupEco-Comfort Home is pleased to announce that it has completed its first Eco-Comfort Home at its popular active adult community, The Orchards of Brannon Oak Farm, in Cumming, Ga.

“All Orchards Group homes are already built with energy efficient products, but due to an ever increasing concern about personal household budgets, we’ve received an increasing number of requests for even better energy saving upgrades that will enable our homeowners to save even more on their energy bills”, said Mitchell Block, Sales & Marketing Director for The Orchards Group.

The Eco-Comfort Home package includes:

• A natural gas “tankless” hot water system that delivers endless amounts of hot water that is heated using super-efficient technology.
• A continuous hot water re-circulating pump with adjustable timer that provides instant hot water at all hot water taps in the house. Less wasted water provides lower utility bills, not to mention the convenience of having “instant” hot water.
• A “variable speed” gas furnace that operates at a significantly greater efficiency than normal, providing lower operating costs whether it be summer or winter.
• A 16 SEER air conditioning system that delivers cool air at a far lower cost of operation.
• A healthy climate HVAC filter system that improves air quality in the home.
• A radiant barrier sheathing between the roof shingles and the attic which keeps the attic 20% cooler in the summer and 20% warmer in the winter. This more temperate attic condition helps to keep the entire HVAC system working more efficiently.
• Thicker wall and attic insulation provides greater heat and cool protection.
• Water saving dual flush commodes that can cut water consumption by as much as 50%.The Winston Eco-Comfort Home

The home features The Winston plan with two bedrooms and two baths plus a flex room that can be a parlor or a third bedroom. The home has a living room and dining room open to the kitchen, a sunroom, a screened porch, a large master bedroom with walk-in closet and true walk-up attic storage.

Residents will enjoy amenities such as a swimming pool, clubhouse with a fitness center, game rooms, gourmet kitchen, reading den, grand room with a flat screen TV, an arbor, a fire pit, a barbecue grill and a lawn area with a bocce ball green.

For more information, call 678-513-8879 or visit or

Chicago Multifamily High-Rise First to Earn Green

A Chicago real estate apartment building has earned the city’s first multifamily LEED EB Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

One East Delaware (OED), which is located right off the Magnificent Mile in Chicago’s premier Gold Coast neighborhood, becomes the third largest community in the country to earn the certification.

Owned by Waterton Residential, OED is a Chicago high-rise that features studio, convertible, one- and two-bedroom residences for rent.

The units are filled with energy-efficient additions, including floor-to-ceiling windows, which not only offer natural sunlight but also provide fantastic views of Chicago.

This building received the certification by meeting standards established by the USBGC.

Want to find out more about those standards and all that this multifamily green building has to offer? Want to get a glimpse of the fabulous view?

Check out our story:

Multifamily Chicago Real Estate First to Earn Green

ENERGY STAR 3.0 Coming to Atlanta New Homes

energy efficient homesAtlanta new homes with the ENERGY STAR 3.0 designation will be available after Jan. 1, 2012 from Ashton Woods Homes. The national builder, headquartered in Atlanta, is working hard to ensure all homes built to close after Jan. 1 will qualify for the designation.

The ENERGY STAR designation means homes offer more than just energy efficient appliances, heating and cooling systems. It takes a more holistic approach in ensuring the home is overall designed to be energy-efficient from its initial planning stages.

Ashton Woods Homes is the largest builder of energy-efficient homes in the Atlanta area. The builder has committed to building 100 percent ENERGY STAR complaint homes. Since becoming a partner in 2002, Ashton Woods has built more than 2,100 energy-efficient homes in the Atlanta area; during April 2010 to March 2011, 319 were built.

In addition to the ENERGY STAR qualification, every new home built by Ashton Woods is rated energy-efficient through the PowerHouse Green with Environments for Living Program. Utilizing low-e windows, low-flush toilets and other low-energy features, home buyers can save up to 45 percent on their utility bills.

Start your energy-efficient Atlanta home search today. Visit the Ashton Woods Homes website for more information.

New Chicago Neighborhood Will Focus on Green

The Chicago real estate landscape will be getting an entirely new community in the future, and that community will qualify for the nation’s first sustainable rating system for green neighborhoods.

Lakeside is a proposed community to be built along Lake Michigan on Chicago’s South Side where the U.S. Steel’s South Works manufacturing plant used to sit.

The 500-acre site will include enough single-family homes and high-rise units for 50,000 residents, retail and entertainment space, a marina and a new high school.

The Chicago Lakeside Development Master Plan is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND) certified community from the U.S. Green Building Council and will include these environmentally friendly features:

*Large open spaces, compact walkable neighborhoods and access to bike paths and public transportation.

*1.7 miles of additional lakefront access, 91 acres of lakefront park and 125 acres of green space.

*On-site and off-shore wind development.

*Geothermal/lake water cooling.

*Solar panel inclusion.

*An innovative stormwater management plan.

Want to learn more about this new community? Read our story:

Untapped Chicago Real Estate About to Bloom

Then, check back to Chicagoland Real Estate Forum for updates on this exciting project.