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Planned Chicago home with cork flooring hopes to be LEED certified


Planned Chicago home with cork flooring hopes to be LEED certified A new home being built in Chicago is aiming to participate in the ongoing Chicago Green Homes Program, hoping to earn platinum certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design from the U.S. Green Building Council. Jetson Green Magazine reports that a local design and architecture firm recently began construction of the abode, which is expected to contain a wealth of environmentally friendly elements.

Among the expected green features in the four-bedroom home are Energy Star appliances, multiple layers of insulation, high performance windows and a solar heating system. According to the publication, the interior will be furnished with low volatile organic compound paints and sealants, and much of the area will be replete with cork flooring.

Perhaps most attractive, however, will be the courtyard in the center of the 2,000-square-foot house that is expected to direct natural lighting toward the inside of the home.

Those who would like to mimic the environmentally friendly design implemented in the proposed house should consider installing cork flooring. The Cork Institute of America reports that the material is harvested from the bark of the cork tree, which grows back 12 to 13 times during the lifespan of the tree.