Chicago Real Estate Developer Goes Green

Chicago’s own CM Real Estate Development has been working in collaboration with GreenChoice Bank to retrofit a vintage bungalow with green materials, appliances, and fixtures.

CM Real Estate Development bought the property at 1335 South Central Avenue in February of this year, using a loan it received from GreenChoice Bank. GreenChoice Bank has worked with other eco-friendly companies in the past, but its partnership with CM Real Estate Development marks its first foray into green home renovation.

Chicago Condo Loft for Chicago's Condos and LoftsLocated in Cicero, the property could become the National Association of Home Builders’ (NAHB) first Green Certified house in the Chicago suburb. The NAHB is currently reviewing the property to determine whether it will be awarded this certification. In all likelihood, though, the NAHB will present the home with its Green Building Certification (Bronze level) later this year.

The property, which was built in 1928, is a vintage brick bungalow and a single-family home. The home is approximately 3,300 square feet, and it contains three bedrooms and one bathroom. The property comes with a backyard and a garage.

CM Real Estate Development intends to preserve the house’s vintage charm and character. The oak floors and doors already present in the home will be preserved, and the overall layout of the property will remain largely unchanged.

Many of the materials used in the home will, however, be updated to meet more stringent standards of sustainability. CM Real Estate Development has chosen to use only soy-based, all natural paints in the home, for instance. It has also chosen to use a low VOC floor finish, recycled garage roofing materials, and recycled garage siding.

Most of the appliances and fixtures in the home will also be updated to meet higher standards of sustainability. CM Real Estate Development installed a Kohler Tub made from 93% recycled content in the home. It also installed a tankless water heater, low flow Kohler faucets, FSC Certified kitchen cabinets, energy saving light bulbs, and a timer-set bathroom exhaust fan.

These materials, appliances, and fixtures were bought locally—from vendors like The Green Depot—whenever possible.

Anyone interested in learning more about this housing project, or about other sustainable construction projects, ought to visit us at CondoDomain or call 877-852-6636 today.

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