LEED Platinum Home | Glencoe

  • LEED Platinum Designation

This home, located in Glencoe, Illinois, was one of the first LEED Platinum homes in Illinois, remarkably completed at only 40% of the cost of Illinois’ first LEED Platinum home.  It is at once contextural to its traditional neighborhood while clearly reading as a significant example of sustainable design.

A challenging site necessitated massing the home as essentially two south faces masses, connected together on the east side.  This ‘U’ shape that was formed at the second floor allowed for a green roof to become the central focus of the design.  Unlike many green roofs, which are truly up on the roof and not accessible, this roof is an integral part of the home.  It is visible and accessible from both the master bedroom and the main hallway.

The roof, made of recycled content standing seam metal, allows for many green features.  The asymmetrical shape helps funnel more water onto the green roof.  The steeper south facing roof is for the solar thermal panels, optimized for the low winter sun, and the shallower south facing roof section supports the solar PV panels, whose electrical production is maximized for the middle of the day in the summer as a CO2 reduction strategy.  Solatube daylighting skylights bring natural daylight into the interior where windows are not possible.


2013 - Blue Ribbon Award
Friends of the Chicago River

2012 - LEED Platinum Certification (First on the Northshore)
Slotnick Residence, Glencoe, IL

2011 - Glencoe Historic Preservation Commission Preservation Award
New Construction category - 370 Washington Avenue, Glencoe, IL


Green roof

Natural dayligting

Radiant floor heating

LED recessed lighting

Cement fiberboard siding

Compact plumbing core design

Passive whole house ventilation

Solatube natural daylighting tubes

Rain barrel water collection system

Permeable driveway and yard paving

Solar thermal and photovoltaic panels

On track for LEED Platinum certification

Low and no-VOC materials and finishes

Prefabricated building shell components

Closed cell foam R-40 walls and R-55 roof

Passive solar design with calculated shading

Garage wired for Volt electric car recharging station

Integrated app controlled ultra high efficiency HVAC systems

Recycled content standing seam metal for storm water collection

Significant locally sourced and/or recycled content materials throughout

Native and low maintenance landscaping by Christy Webber Landscaping