Category: green building

Want to sell your home quickly? Get rid of those smells

The smell of cigarette smoke can scuttle your housing sale. My wife and I were looking at a nice home: It was a brick bungalow, well within our price range and large enough for our family. Problem was, it smelled. The entire place reeked of cat urine. That outweighed the hardwood floors, impressive first-floor staircase... Read more »

Even green building not immune to economic slump

The bad economy has hit real estate developers especially hard. Those that haven’t gone out of business — and many in Chicago and its suburbs already have shut their doors — are scrambling to find ways to save money. And investing in new technology or services? Forget it. This holds true even for green measures.... Read more »

Chicago not only green-building pioneer in the Midwest

For all his flaws, Mayor Daley has done at least one thing right during his long tenure as mayor of Chicago: He’s encouraged developers, whether they’re building in the heart of downtown Chicago or on the far South Side, to build green and environmentally friendly buildings. We have an awful lot of garden rooftops in... Read more »
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