The ALA/CSI Chicago Architecture Conference held recently in Oak Brook Terrace featured two presentations by FitzGerald Associates-the findings of the firm’s recently-completed cost comparison study of residential sustainability ratings systems, and a panel discussion on a FitzGerald-developed prototype for an affordable, sustainable single family home.
Principal Michael De Rouin, AIA CSI CCCA, discussed the recent emergence of green building ratings systems and the questions raised over the cost of compliance with each system. FitzGerald Associates completed an extensive cost comparison of the Chicago Green Homes Program, the ICC-NAHB National Green Building Standard, and LEED for Homes V.1. The comparison-executed by experienced builders and architects-served to shed new light on the true cost of the building standards’ respective ratings.
The panel discussion-moderated by firm principal Steven Ryniewicz, AIA LEED AP and featuring Managing Principal Patrick FitzGerald, Garry Benson from Garrison Partners, Steve Brennan from Lorsch Construction, and Joe Salamone from Chicago Panel and Truss-focused on introducing a new jointly-developed single family home prototype for a green and affordable urban infill home, representing the newest thinking in applying current building technologies and construction methods to the problem of meeting buyers’ desires for a home that accommodates a contemporary, sustainable lifestyle at a price that average Americans can afford.