Chicago Developer Turns a Vintage Bungalow into Illinois' First Green Certified Home Rehab

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Chicago-based CM Real Estate Development has teamed up with GreenChoice Bank, the Midwest's first sustainable bank, to retrofit a vintage bungalow with energy-efficient appliances and green construction materials. The project is expected to be the National Association of Home Builders' first green certified home rehab in Illinois.

CM Real Estate Development, LLC is rehabbing what is slated to be the first National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Green Certified house in the Chicago suburb of Cicero. The house, which is located at 1335 South Central Avenue, is currently in the certification process for a National Association of Home Builders’ National Green Building Certification™ (Bronze level). The project is also expected to be the NAHB’s first Green Certified Home (Rehab) in Illinois.

The 1335 South Central Avenue property is a 1928 vintage brick bungalow, single-family home with 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom and approximately 3,300 square feet of usable space, a backyard and garage. CM Real Estate Development purchased the house in February 2011 using financing from GreenChoice Bank, the Midwest’s first community bank dedicated to a more sustainable world with values that enhance environmental, social, and financial well-being. The property is GreenChoice Bank’s first green rehab construction loan in Cicero. CM Real Estate Development is planning to sell the home for $129,900 - part of its initiative to offer green-certified properties at affordable prices.

In addition to preserving the house's historical features such as oak floors and doors, CM Real Estate Development is also upgrading it with green and energy-efficient features, including:

  •     Soy-based, all-natural paint/varnish remover using Back to Nature products.
  •     No VOCs paints using Eco Spec by Benjamin Moore.
  •     Tankless water heater.
  •     Low VOC floor finish.
  •     Low Flow Kohler faucets.
  •     93% recycled content Kohler Tub.
  •     FSC Certified kitchen cabinets.
  •     New insulated attic windows.
  •     ENERGY STAR rated back door.
  •     ENERGY STAR rated kitchen appliances.
  •     Energy saving light bulbs.
  •     Dimmers for main room lights.
  •     Timer-set bathroom exhaust fan.
  •     Low water landscape plantings.
  •     Recycled garage roofing materials.
  •     Recycled garage siding.
  •     Shopping locally for sustainable materials from vendors such as The Green Depot.

CM Real Estate Development focuses on bringing vintage homes and bungalows in Chicago’s western suburbs “back to life,” preserving their historic features (hardwood flooring and specially-crafted wood work and wood doors, as examples) and modernizing them with green features, including environmentally-friendly appliances and furnaces, no VOCs paints, and Low Flow Kohler faucets. The company also reuses building materials and utilizes local recyclers that recycle up to 95% of the waste generated during reconstruction.

In an effort to make the homes affordable for middle class families, CM Real Estate Development prices each project in the low to mid $100,000’s. CM Real Estate Development also uses locally-based contractors and vendors as a way to create jobs in the communities in which it builds. CM Real Estate Development is owned by Chris McAuliffe, a speaker for the U.S. Green Building Council-Illinois and an expert on green development, environmentally friendly construction, and local, state, and federal tax incentives for green houses.

For more information on CM Real Estate Development, LLC and its properties, or to schedule an interview with Chris McAuliffe, please visit or call 773-895-0684.

CM Real Estate Development, LLC is a rehab and redevelopment company based in Chicago and owned by Chris McAuliffe. The company focuses on redeveloping high-quality, single-family homes and bungalows in the western suburbs of Chicago while maintaining a strong commitment to green standards and environmentally-sound construction practices.


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