Chicago, IL (PRWEB) September 26, 2006
Green Home Partners, Northeast Illinois’ first and only real estate group dedicated to the green home market, announce their schedule of fall programs designed to help educate consumers about why green, what’s green, and where’s green in Chicago.
“Many people in Chicago have heard about green homes,” says Kirk Fox, Illinois’ first certified EcoBroker and one of three Green Home Partners, “but they aren’t always sure what that means or where they can find them. By attending these sessions, consumers will have a much better understanding of the benefits of owning a green home, the features that make them green, and where they can find one in the Chicagoland area.”
The fall program begins with a seminar entitled “What Makes a Home Green?” presented at the Historic Chicago Bungalow & Green Home Expo, Saturday September 30 at the Merchandise Mart, beginning at 10:15 AM. This seminar talks about the characteristics that differentiate a green home from a conventional home and the benefits of owning one. A follow-up session entitled “Is Your Home Green?” given at Whole Foods Market, 3300 N. Ashland Ave beginning at 6:30 PM on October 3, discusses specific ways homeowners can make their current homes greener and healthier. The highlight of the fall program is Live Green Chicago, a social and educational event designed to allow consumers to meet face-to-face with Chicago’s premier green home architects and developers while enjoying drinks and live music in a relaxed and casual atmosphere. It takes place at 6 PM October 12, at the Funky Buddha Lounge, 728 W. Grand Ave.
“Although Chicago leads the country in building green roofs,” says Hans Fedderke, the only LEED-AP realtor in Chicago and another member of Green Home Partners, “the supply of green homes in Chicago lags what is being built in places like Portland, Denver, and Austin. An event like Live Green Chicago can help change that by bringing together, for the first time, those consumers who are serious about owning a green home with suppliers of green homes so they can gauge first-hand the latent demand that exists for this type of housing in Northeastern Illinois.”
At the heart of Live Green Chicago is the annual Gallery of Green Homes—a showcase of Chicago’s most cutting-edge green home developments. “We know of approximately 458 green homes and $157 million of green home development either under development or actively seeking financing in Northeastern Illinois and Northwestern Indiana,” says Mark Ahlheim, the third member of Green Home Partners, “and we anticipate that backlog of green homes to grow dramatically over the next few years.” Up to eleven green home developments will be represented at Live Green Chicago.
Green Home Partners strives to educate consumers about the benefits of living green; to help consumers find the architects, builders, and bankers in Chicago who are most adept at designing, building, and financing green; to develop Chicago’s most architecturally interesting, most energy-efficient, and healthiest niche-market green homes; and to set the standard of excellence in marketing green homes across Northeastern Illinois. Kirk, Hans, and Mark work as realtors for Prudential Preferred Properties and have worked together as Green Home Partners since March, 2006. All events are free to the general public, although seating is limited at each venue.