Priority Energy Achieves Two LEED Gold Certification Awards for SmartTech Homes in Downtown Chicago

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Priority Energy's energy efficiency products and services help SmartTech Homes' builders, Eco Development, attain two LEED Gold certifications.

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...our products and services help Eco Development meet their high standards and the high standards set by USGBC for LEED.”

Last month, Priority Energy and SmartTech® Homes were awarded two LEED Gold certificates for their achievement in unsurpassed green home building and design. A LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, certification guarantees that these two homes will save energy, water, resources and money at a rate 15% greater than the recently enforced IECC 2012 code requirements. By incorporating smart design, high performance products, efficiency testing and sustainable features these homes will be much healthier and cost 50% less to operate than most other new homes.

Working together from the initial design of the mechanical systems to the installation of Priority Energy’s high-performance products, their diagnostic testing and HERS rating services, Eco Development, the builders of SmartTech® Homes, and Priority Energy have created two superior homes that are guaranteed to live up to their LEED Gold status. The homes include cutting edge technology that includes EnviroDri’ s exterior air and water barrier, Aeroseal duct sealing, Intellihot’s tankless, on-demand water heater, a 98%+ efficient Lifebreath Heating and HRV ventilation system, and programmable thermostats.

Priority Energy has been the energy efficiency consultants to Eco Development for over two years. The two firms have built and certified over 70 Energy Star v2.5 and v3.0 rated homes together, with many more currently in progress throughout Chicago. “These two homes exemplify Eco Development’s commitment to protect the environment, improve the lives of their homes’ occupants and to maintain an attainable price point”, says Robert Schildgen, owner and CEO of Priority Energy, “our products and services help Eco Development meet their high standards and the high standards set by USGBC for LEED.”

About the LEED Gold homes
Both 1612 and 1614 W. Ontario are located in the West Town neighborhood of Chicago. The 2400 s. f. ultra-modern homes have 3-4 bedrooms, 3 baths and were priced around $600,000.

About LEED for Homes
Developed and administered by USGBC, LEED for Homes awards points to projects in eight categories of environmental performance: Innovation & Design Process, Location & Linkages, Sustainable Sites, Water Efficiency, Indoor Environmental Quality, Energy & Atmosphere, Materials & Resources, and Awareness & Education. To date, more than 18,000 units have achieved certification with LEED for Homes program, and over 75,000 have registered and are in process.

About SmartTech® Homes, Inc.
SmartTech and their builders, Eco Development specialize in energy-efficient homes with contemporary design and Energy Star ratings. The firm has focused on single-family construction in recent years but recently formed plans for 36 condos in the East Village area.

About Priority Energy, LLC
Priority Energy is dedicated to improving our well being by maximizing the performance of the structures we live and work in. They will accomplish this through the education of their customers (contractors, builders, code officials, architects, and home owners), by training BPI and RESNET certified professionals to further building science knowledge and the identification, introduction and installation (where necessary) of the highest quality products and services available in the marketplace.

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Barb Isaac
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